Don’t you think that one has almost all of the kovachii size genes but has retained a good bit of the besseae coloration? If it stays flat it has also gotten a good bit of besseae configuration. I think I saw one Phrag Apollo (Fritz Schomburg x kovachii) in person and maybe a picture or two. Some of this hybrid would get maximum kovachii size, but the ones I have seen were more purple than yours. I think yours could be unique with its size/color combination.The flower has matured into a bit of a beast.
It’s a couple of mm under 14 cm across (5.5 inches in old money) with 5cm wide petals plus it’s still flat. That’s huge for this type of breeding.View attachment 43662
This is clearly the second ‘keeper’ from the batch. What it will achieve on a large plant? This is its first flower on a single growth. I’d expect a six inch bloom.
And the slowest growing could have the greatest increase in ploidy and who knows what that could bring!Linus, it’s a sib cross of two tetraploid Lovely Lynnes. So there is a chance for some segregation of the kovachii genes which make up around half the cross. It looks like this clone picked up several of the kovachii flower size genes.
Terry, it’s what I was hoping for from the sib cross. Segregation between the colour genes of kovachii and besseae and flower size genes. Plus the size enhancement from tetraploidy. Remember we have only seen five of the 25 plants so plenty of time for more interesting clones.