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This is a discussion on Phal Irene Dobkins within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; it is nice whatever it may be...
it is nice whatever it may be
So allow me to show my brain-dead side for a moment. If you cross a white hybrid - Phalaenopsis Doris X a solid orange species Ascocentrum miniatum, the resulting seed will produce something so different from a mericlone?? Please be patient with me 'cause I'd really like to understand all of this. Thanks
A mericlone is an exact copy, I think even closer than an identical twin. The DNA in each seed in a pod may be subtly different, affecting color, and all that other stuff.
Joe is correct...the mericlone 'Elmhurst' was but one seed of the cross. There were probably another 1,000,000 seeds or so (a guess) and each one was as different as a brother and a sister. If one clones the clone 'Elmhurst', then an exact genetic copy results (hopefully without any mutations).