Wordless Wednesday – Wild Hybrid Creation

I love it when this happens …

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Tragopogon x mirabilis, a naturally occurring hybrid between Salsify and Goat’s-Beard, complete with mating fruit flies and swollen-thighed beetle

Tragopogon pratensis (Goat’s-Beard) x Tragopogon porrifolius (Salsify) -> T. x mirabilis

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Salsify, Tragopogon porrifolius, aka the Oyster Plant

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Goat’s-Beard, Tragopogon pratensis

Mixed in a field = >

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Hybrid Tragopogon x mirabilis

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Beardy relatives of the Tragopogon kind

The Tragopogon x mirabilis hybrid is fairly rare in southern England and is not generally seen elsewhere in GB. It rarely persists since it has low levels of fertility (and it has been a couple of years since I last saw it in the meadow).

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12 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Wild Hybrid Creation

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    That’s pretty cool!

  2. AWESOME!!! I am glad you broke the “wordless” rule. 🙂

  3. Chloris says:

    I never knew it could do this. It is gorgeous.

  4. What an amazing phenomenon, stunning too.

  5. Very cool flowers, and I love the mix of colors.

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