H: Saturday, May 28, 2011

'April Rhapsody' is a Triploid

Rhododendron 'April Rhapsody', which is a Allan and Shirley Anderson hybrid documented as 'April Gem' x 'Vibrant Violet', has been determined to be a triploid using flow cytometry by

Dr. João Loureiro, Dr. Silvia Castro, José Cerca Oliveira, 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.

Summary of Ploidy Levels

Diploid Rhododendron dauricum,
Diploid Rhododendron minus,
Triploid 'April Rhapsody',
Triploid 'Bluenose',
Triploid 'Purple Gem',
Tetraploid Rhododendron augustinii

Source: RareFind Nursery

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