- Fri Oct 20, 2023 1:38 pm
Many species (especially plants) originate from different species sharing a range and breeding with each other. As the hybrids produced by the initial species breeding continue to breed, their traits become more uniform and eventually scientists who look at them may say "look, a new species!". Such a case is going on currently with sundews, Drosera tokaiensis.
If you put a singular hybrid into the wild, if it's near a population of wild plants it will breed with them and get its genes into the population, perhaps making that population a a variety of subspecies that may attain species status eventually. If you put a population of hybrids into the wild, they'll breed with each other and may eventually be considered a species. Constantly breeding offspring of the same two plants may cause inbreeding depression, but from what I've read it's not as prevalent in plants as in animals. But that's when the genepool becomes ridiculously small and harmful mutations pile up. Basically breeding a population into extinction due to their traits being poorly suited to surviving and reproducing.
Take all this with a grain of salt. I am just someone who went down too many internet rabbit holes.
Burning in Arizona with 100+ plants.