Interspecific and intergeneric hybrids in herbage grasses
Festuca heterophylla (2n = 28?) has given fully establishedF 1 hybrid progeny from crosses with:F. capillata (2n = 14),F. rubra (2n = 42?),Lolium perenne (2n = 14).
Embryos were produced whenL. loliaceum (2n = 14) was pollinated byF. heterophylla but the seeds failed to germinate.
Caryopses were produced but embryos could not be identified whenF. heterophylla was intercrossed with:F. pratensis (2n = 14),F. vaginata (?),F. arundinacea (2n = 42), but the seeds failed to germinate.
F. heterophylla, therefore, has some degree of breeding affinity with at least seven other district types in the generaFestuca andLolium, including both fine-leaved and broad-leaved fescues, and therefore provides another link between the fine-leaved fescue types and one another, between these types and the broad-leaved fescues, and between the generaFestuca andLolium.
KeywordsHybrid Plant Intergeneric Hybrid Hybrid Progeny Extreme Type Pistillate Parent
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