In 2007-2008 a UROP project by Ms. Ellinor Opits began in Dr. Neil O. Anderson’s
laboratory. Her research was beneficial to further work being conducted by Dr.
Anderson to obtain a lily that does not require vernalization, flowers continuously,
and produces colored flowers. Vernalization is a wet, cold treatment requirement
of most lily species In order to flower . Lilium xformolongi is a hybrid lily species
between L. formosanum and L. longiflorum. L. xformolongi is unique because it
does not require vernalization, it flowers continuously, and flowers in less than 1
year from sowing . A lily with the same traits as L. xformolongi but with colored
flowers would be more marketable than L. xformolongi which only produces white
flowers. By crossing L. xformolongi with other species of lily, such as L. martagon
(which is a more closely related species to L. xformolongi then L. martagon) and
L. rubellum, the goal of obtaining lilies that don’t require vernalization, flower
continuously, and produce colored flowers may be reached . Currently I am
performing reciprocal crosses between the aforementioned lily species as well as
collecting morphological data on a number of hybrid plants.
Additional contributors: Neil Anderson (faculty mentor).
Reciprocal Crossing and Morphological Variability of Interspecific [Lilium xformolongi] x L. rubellum and [L. xformolongi] x L. martagon Hybrids..
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