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Interbreeding Amongst Different Genera? A possibility?

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    Is it possible to interbreed amongst difference genera? From what i have learned in botany and zoology so far that is a "no go", as what makes a genus a specific genus is its incapacity to interbreed with other genus plants of the same family. Are there any exceptions i am not aware of in Orchids?
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    You mean "genera", I take it?

    Among orchids there are a number of intergeneric hybrids -- though not any natural ones that I know of. Part of what may make a genus a genus (or a species a species for that matter) is will breed together as opposed to can they breed together naturally. Orchids tend to be very specific with regards to their pollinators. Those animals which will pollinate a catteleya will not be interested in phalanopsis. The intergenerics that do exist are the result of man acting as the pollinator. Even then, whether or not an intergeneric hybrid is possible depends on just how closely related to genera are. For example, Masdevallias and Draculas are each their own genus, yet they can be interbred because those genera are very close together in the "evolutionary tree". However a Catteleya cannot be interbred with a Phalanopsis -- those genera are too far apart relationship-wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    You mean "genera", I take it?

    Among orchids there are a number of intergeneric hybrids -- though not any natural ones that I know of. Part of what may make a genus a genus (or a species a species for that matter) is will breed together as opposed to can they breed together naturally. Orchids tend to be very specific with regards to their pollinators. Those animals which will pollinate a catteleya will not be interested in phalanopsis. The intergenerics that do exist are the result of man acting as the pollinator. Even then, whether or not an intergeneric hybrid is possible depends on just how closely related to genera are. For example, Masdevallias and Draculas are each their own genus, yet they can be interbred because those genera are very close together in the "evolutionary tree". However a Catteleya cannot be interbred with a Phalanopsis -- those genera are too far apart relationship-wise.
    LOL! Yes, genera, sorry English is not my first language, i wasnt sure how to pluralize that, I learn something new every day! . Do you know of any website or files that show which genera are able to interbreed by any chance?

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    Here is a website that lists the names of the orchid crosses and tells you what species were crossed to get them.
    Orchid Genera and Abbreviations: A - C
    It also has pictures to give you an idea as to what they look like. I hope this helps.

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    Yes, very helpful! Thank you both very much!

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