H: Sunday, May 22, 2011

'Purple Gem' is a Triploid

Rhododendron 'Purple Gem', which is a Guy Nearing hybrid documented as Rhododendron minus Carolinianum Group x Rhododendron fastigiatum, 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 minus,
Triploid 'April Rhapsody',
Triploid 'Bluenose',
Triploid 'Purple Gem',
Triploid 'Ramapo',
Triploid 'Ramolet'

Source: John and Sally Perkins

John and Sally Perkins
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