Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary Interspecific crosses were made between seven Lilium species, viz. L. candidum, L. concolor, L. dauricum, L. henryi, L. longiflorum, L. nepalense and L. rubellum. A complete diallel cross was carried out between these seven species, including self- and intraspecific pollinations using three pollination methods: normal pollination on the stigma, pollination on the ovary after cutting the style, and pollination on the stigma with the aid of ‘mentor’ (non-functional, compatible) pollen. Embryo rescue, starting 35 days after pollination, was applied to all interspecific combinations. The percentage of successful crosses was about 2.8% after normal pollination, 5.4% after cut-style pollination and 3.8% with the mentor pollen technique. Crosses with L. nepalense were exceptional in that embryos died during the embryo culture phase. Seventeen cross combinations (including 4 reciprocals) yielded 62 embryo plantlets from 839 interspecific pollinations.
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