You remember two weeks ago I told you that my Avonia quinaria ssp. alstonii has grown 3 seed pods without being pollinated or even having a suitable partner. I collected approximately 50 seeds that looked viable in their size and shape and then sowed half of them in a pot occupied by some other mesemb seedlings, simply out of curiosity. Only a day later these fresh seeds indeed started to hatch! Some of them looked week and crippled and died just as soon as they germinated but at the end of this week I can count 6 seedlings that gradually increase in size (and another 6 that just hatched but do look good).
This is quite interesting because growers don't consider Avonia quinaria a self-fertile Avonia. But apparently it does happen. I am not clear on what actually induces selfing in them. I've had Avonia flowers before but never seed pods.