|Flowering OE Orange oca plant in an embarrassingly weedy patch
This has been a particularly exciting week for my little oca (Oxalis tuberosa) experiment, which is nice because I am working on a project that is burning out my brain. Almost every time I head outside for a quick break, I am greeted with some new surprise. This morning, it was an open flower on a plant of the OE Orange variety. I spotted the bud yesterday, but thought it was too small to be opening any time soon. As it turns out, it is just small compared to the flower that I took from a Hopin plant yesterday.
As with yesterday’s flower, I sacrificed this one to science, although I have additional plans for it, which I will describe below. Unfortunately, this plant had only a single bud, so I need to make the most of this flower, in case I don’t get any more.
|OE Orange oca flower
Now with some practice under my belt, identification of the flower type went quickly. If you take a look at the picture of the denuded flower, you can see two tiers of stamens above the tier of styles, which makes this a short-styled flower. That is great news, because it means that I now have two different flower types going simultaneously.
I have a candidate for my first cross, which is a flower on a Hopin plant. It looks like it might open today, tomorrow in the worse case. So, I will use this OE Orange flower to pollinate it when it opens. If all goes well, that could be my first oca seed. Cross your fingers while I cross pollinate!
|Denuded flower, showing short-styled configuration
Oca seeds and tubers are sometimes available in our seed shop.