ID, direction & inbreeding
- Some species are more variable than others. The variation are not
necessarily visible. When someone backcrosses a hybrid, it is only
rarely to the same plant This extra variablity I feel masks the
difference between direction. The link shows Mules (Ass x Horse)
and Hinnies (Horse x Ass).
While corn (Tripsacum dactyloides x Zea, etc. & c.)is a true
mongrel Seed corn, for millenia, has been produced by crossing
strains extremely inbred for many generations.
The only inbreeding in Azaleas seems to be an occcasional
selfing. It woulld be nice if someone selfed R. luteum Golden Comet
for several generation. Then you would get consistantly uniform
offspring. Then a diference in direction would be noticable.
I bought a dog that has only three dogs in the third generation of
her pedigree. If I breed her I know what I am going to get. Molly
is Canis aquatica minor L. A Poodle that many Americans would not
recognize. The colors are the same as a Model T*.
I am dying to try this out. I don't know if it applies to
Azaleas. Yellow may be alcohol soluble. Removing yellow may reveal
pink or white.
Alas, the point of time for inbreeding is gone. Tissue culture
will be producing haploid plants, then doubling. Complete
uniformity, no recessives. What you see is what you get.
*Ken can read that as Model S, a mirror image.