"Crosses usually work only within a genus."?
Oh really? Tell that to orchid growers.
You never heard of the hybrid grain, X Triticale (Triticum X Secale)?
There are thousands of intergeneric hybrids reported for flowering plants.
All are between genera within plant families.
There is a reported interfamily cross between the Scrophulariaceae and
Verbenaceae but it has not been confirmed.
Monique Reed <monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu> wrote in message
news:3B6EAEAE.C7603A42 at mail.bio.tamu.edu...
> Probably not. Crosses usually work only within a genus, although
> intergeneric crosses are possible among closely related genera in some
> families. I'm not aware of any crosses, manmade or natural, between
> plants from different families. The two families you mention are even
> in different classes--one is a monocot and one is a dicot, so I think
> you're doomed to disappointment.
>> M. Reed
>> Bertus Harding wrote:
> > Can anyone tell me if one could cross these two flowers:
> > Tigridia paviona from the Iridaceae family and Crossandra
> > from the Acanthaceae family
> > Thanks
> > Bertus