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Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Jan 21, 2018 5:57 PM CST
Does anyone know if salvias are self fertile? I've been researching on the internet all afternoon and haven't found a reliable source. Thanks!
Oxford UK (Zone 8a)
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longk
Jan 21, 2018 6:39 PM CST
My understanding is that they are not self fertile. The stamen operates on a lever basis and as such it requires an external pollinator to manipulate the lever (as it tries to get to the nectar) to achieve the transfer of pollen.
I read that a couple of years ago so it's not definitive. I'll try to find the paper.
Salvia and anything unusual
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Jan 21, 2018 7:07 PM CST
Thanks. All I've been able to find is this article that suggests 9 species are self fertile, but if I read the testing method correctly they hand pollenated...

https://www.researchgate.net/p...
Oxford UK (Zone 8a)
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longk
Jan 21, 2018 7:36 PM CST
I think that this may be it....................

https://www.sciencedirect.com/...

It was in the right part of my bookmarks anyway.
Salvia and anything unusual
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Jan 21, 2018 8:10 PM CST
I'll have to give this a read, thanks!
Name: Larry
Hill Country TX (Zone 8b)
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ricelg
Jan 26, 2018 10:40 AM CST
Just circling back. I have scientific proof that at least Salvia Coccinea (Coral Nymph) does exhibit apomictic properties!



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