Polyploidy in Bluebells

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IN my preliminary account1 on polyploidy in bluebells (Endymion nonscriptus (L.) Garcke, and E. hispanicus (Mill) Chouard), I mentioned that some of the huge forms in gardens which I found to be triploids looked very much like the central one of Turrill's coloured figures2. Owing to the absence of any caption on Turrill's figures, I was led to take this huge central figure as the putative hybrid between the two species which Turrill mentions in his text. A few months after my publication, Turrill3 explained his figures and pointed out that the central figure was E. hispanicus; he also suggested that since I did not examine his own material cytologically the material which I examined and found to be triploid might be different from his in ploidy.

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    Wilson, J. Y., Nature, 178, 195 (1956).

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    Turrill, W. B., Curtis's Bot. Mag., N.S., 176 (1952).

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    Turrill, W. B., Nature, 178, 706 (1956).

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WILSON, J. Polyploidy in Bluebells. Nature 181, 431 (1958) doi:10.1038/181431a0

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