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Echinocereus "Pink Hybrid" (male plant?)     4/13/21
I've paid much better attention to this pink hybrid that I made sometime in the past. I finally know why I've had such trouble getting lots of seeds for it. The plant is definitely dioecious; that is, the sexes are separate plants. This looks like a perfect flower, with female (the green stigma) and male (the yellow anthers with pollen being shed), but it's not. The female looking parts are vestigial. The stigma will not allow pollen to germinate and the style, which supports the stigma, does not end in an ovary, with immature seeds. This flower is only a source of pollen.   (03/56)   

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