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Drosera hybrida, the next generation

John Brittnacher

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(4):139-147
Published 16 November 2017

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Drosera hybrida is an example of a potential instant species in that it immediately becomes a new independent evolutionary unit when a fertile population arises in the wild from its sterile, hybrid progenitors. The parents of the hybrid are the unlikely pair D. filiformis and D. intermedia. Sterile natural hybrids have been found and are known in New Jersey but no fertile plants have been found there yet. Fertile hybrids were found in California where the plants were planted out in a protected botanical area, so it is quite possible that someday fertile plants will also be found in its native range.

Keywords: hybrids, Drosera hybrida

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John Brittnacher. 2017. Drosera hybrida, the next generation. Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 46(4):139-147.

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