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Offline Aletta

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Dietes grandiflora "multitepal" or rather fused flowers?
« on: February 14, 2008, 20:51:04 PM »
I discovered these multitepal flowers on my dietes yesterday. The first one has five outer tepals and five inner tepals as well as five style branches (the blue parts). The second one has four outer tepals and four inner tepals, but only three style branches. (I hope I have used the correct terminology?!)








This photo shows one of the ordinary flowers on the same plant.



I think they are quite beautiful but would dearly like to know what has caused this.

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Re: Dietes grandiflora "multitepal" or rather fused flowers?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008, 20:58:48 PM »
That is beautifull Aletta. Please pollinate that flower and catch the seeds.

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Re: Dietes grandiflora "multitepal" or rather fused flowers?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2008, 17:33:26 PM »
 Heinie, this particular flower is gone by now, but I will be on the lookout for simular ones. I marked the flower stem.

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Re: Dietes grandiflora "multitepal" or rather fused flowers?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2008, 14:30:57 PM »
Very nice Aletta, I have never seen a MP Dietes before

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2008, 06:40:53 AM »
Aletta, you have alerted me to continuously check the masses of yellow as well as the white forms in my garden for this multi petal trait. The Dietes have a fascinating pollinating method with the pollen sacks fixed and spread out on the upper side of the outer tepals and each stigma is fixed to the underside of the inner tepals. One have to time the cross pollination very well when the flower opens because the pollen and stigma is so close to each other to allow the movement of the flower in the wind to self pollinate. These are my assumptions as I carefully studied the flower mechanism in my garden. I am going to try to cross the yellow and white flowers by placing a piece of paper between the pollen and stigma to enable me to pollinate at my leisure.

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Re: Dietes grandiflora "multitepal" or rather fused flowers?
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2015, 10:32:05 AM »
Hi Aletta

I came across this post but don't remember it at all - must be before my time on GF ;D
MP flowers always intrigue me.  But I've never seen one on my dietes................did you ever have  them again?  Mind you, I can't say I ever expected to see MPs on mine and didn't especially look out for them - but from now on I will be inspecting all the flowers!
I have watsonias that give MPs and can't wait for them to start flowering so that I can inspect them again and mark any such plants..  I don't have any flowers yet but saw ones in full bloom a few weeks ago in your area.
 
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Re: Dietes grandiflora "multitepal" or rather fused flowers?
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2015, 23:24:30 PM »
Very nice Aletta
Did anymore come up in the double form ?

Thanks for bringing that up Rena
Now you will have looking at all my Dietes blooms :)
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