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Janice L. Stephens and Harrison G. Hughes

Alstroemeria is an important cut flower in the U.S. due to their wide variety of colors and to their long vase life. The most commonly grown cultivars were developed in Europe and their parentage has never been fully divulged. We are attempting to determine the probable parents of many of these cultivars through karyotype analysis and giemsa banding. Although preliminary karyotype analyses are available for 10 species and 25 cultivars, detailed karyotype analyses of only A. pelegrina and A. ligtu hybrids have been completed. Detailed karyotype analyses are now complete for 7 more species of Alstroemeria as well as the related genera Leontochir and Bomarea and 23 cultivars. A comparison among species and cultivars will be presented reflecting probable parentage of the cultivars. Results of giemsa banding will also be presented to further clarify cultivar parentage and relationships. This information should facilitate the more rapid development of successful cultivars by breeders in the U.S.

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Janice L. Stephens and Harrison G. Hughes

Isozyme analysis was used to characterize and identify 24 species, hybrids, and color variants of Alstroemeria, two plants of Leontochir ovallei, and one plant of Bomarea. A single technique was developed for the extraction of seven enzyme systems (PGM, PGI, 6-PGD, EST, ME, AAT, and LAP) that exhibited a high level of polymorphism. Between 11 and 18 of the species and hybrids could be identified uniquely for each of the first six enzyme systems. The final system, LAP, was tested on only 11 species and hybrids, and nine different patterns were identified. Using only three of the seven enzyme systems, it was possible to uniquely identify all of the species and hybrids investigated.