H: Friday, April 01, 2011

'Comte de Flandre' is a Tetraploid

Rhododendron 'Comte de Flandre', which is prior to 1869 Bly Ghent hybrid, has been determined to be a tetraploid using flow cytometry by

Dr. João Loureiro, Dr. Silvia Castro, José Cerca, and Mariana Castro
Plant Ecology and Evolution Group,
Centre for Functional Ecology,
Department of Life Sciences,
Faculty of Science and Technology,
University of Coimbra, Portugal.

To date, all Ghent deciduous azaleas have tested as triploid or tetraploid.

Summary of Ploidy Levels

Triploid 'Bronze Unique',
Triploid 'Daviesii',
Triploid 'Deep Rose',
Triploid 'Gloria Mundi',
Triploid 'Josephine Klinger',
Tetraploid 'Comte de Flandre',
Tetraploid 'Heureuse Surprise',
Tetraploid 'Ignacea',
Tetraploid 'Julius Caesar',
Tetraploid 'Lelia',
Tetraploid 'Madame Gustave Guillemot',
Tetraploid 'Nancy Waterer',
Tetraploid 'Raphael de Smet'

Source: Arnold Arboretum Accession Number: 17102

John and Sally Perkins
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