He didn't want to hybridize anything. He wanted a picture of all the
genera in botany, showing just how they are related to each other, and how
close they are genetically.
Dunno how old he is, but that's a tall order for somebody who doesn't know
if cilantro and parsley belong to the Apiaceae.
Anyway, such a pretty picture would certainly be possible if botanists
could only agree on genera ... and it's possible that such beasts are
available online, but by what I can see, Matthew didn't even try a google
And I'm an old enough fart that my reaction to a question that requires
years and years of research is to tell'em to do it themselves. Ditto for
questions that can be answered with a simple web search, which I have no
idea if this one is... but neither does Matthew, eh?
Whatever. The question is certainly off-topic on rec.gardens.edible...
Henriette Kress, AHG Helsinki, Finland
Henriette's herbal homepage: http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed
On Sat, 19 Jul 2003, Henriette Kress wrote:
|> I suppose it would be asking too much for a poster I could slap up|> on the wall, detailing the branches, but then again... How does|> a person generally go about judging how genetically distant any|> two genera are, let alone species?
|One attends a university, specializes in botany, and starts to study
|the branch one is interested in.
Not that your answer comes close to addressing my question, but while
we are on the subject, which universities have your stamp of approval?
On Fri, 18 Jul 2003, Pat Meadows wrote:
|Cilantro and parsley are not only different *species* they
|are in different genuses.
|Parsley is _Petroselinum crispum_ .
|Cilantro is _Coriandrum sativum_ .
|So they are not very closely related. They are in the same
|family: the _Apiaceae_ .
Aha! Thanks, you guys are great!
|I can't offhand think of any particular reason why anyone
|would WANT a parsley/cilantro cross.
It would be nice if there were a parsley with a slightly different
|BTW, you can't bypass Darwin and Mendel...they didn't come
|up with wild surmises, but worked out and elucidated some of
|the laws of nature: how things actually work in the real
|I suppose you could make a GMO cross: gentically-engineered
|cross - gene splicing. But again: why would you WANT to?
There are lots of reasons why a person might want to create
new plants never seen before. Curiosity sometimes is its own
reason for doing things, but I suppose there are more practical
reasons for doing things. For instance, a higher concentration
of oils in the leaves (or even the roots or bulbs) is a good
reason for creating a hybrid. Different colors of leaves or
flowers is also a good reason for creating a hybrid, especially
if you anticipate marketing the product to small scale home
gardeners that like to mix as many of their plants into the
same plot as possible.
This would be good. I hadn't though of that. I bet it
could make someone's fortune....Having either one as a hardy
perennial would also be good.
You know what, though: I bought Slow-Bolt cilantro seeds
from Pinetree and I had quite a few cuttings from them -
they lasted for weeks and weeks and weeks.
<< Dunno about that ... look what a dollar a plant did for the guy who bred
Mortgage Lifter. >><BR><BR>
Please excuse my ignorance. What is Mortgage Lifter?
Central NY, Zone 5a, Sunset Zone 40
"If we see light at the end of the tunnel, It's the light of the oncoming
Robert Lowell (1917-1977)
I'm a little doubtful about the story (which is reported as both
$1/plant and $1/per tomato). Given an average income of $40/wk in
1941, that would have made the cost of one plant or tomato about $12
today, and I can hardly believe there would be many takers. 'Radiator
Charlie' may have indeed paid off his mortgage with successful sales
of plants and/or fruit, but not at $1 each. Tales of a "four pound
fruit" also sound a little suspect. I weighed a softball-sized tomato
yesterday ('Celebrity') that was just about 1 pound. A 4lb tomato
would, IMHO, be in the same category as a 500lb pumpkin -- possible to
grow and enter into a contest, but hardly a very practical food crop.
I know a number of posters are growing Mortgage Lifter. Any 4lb
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