PBX 326 Chlorogalum and Massonia

Kipp McMichael kimcmich@hotmail.com
Sat, 13 Oct 2012 20:10:44 PDT
Greetings,
  Damage to the meristematic apex could do it - something that kills the chloroplasts. I don't know whether my plant is genetically variegated or not. Unlike wild plants I have seen with random white streaks in their leaves (which suggests viral infection to me), this plant always has white-edged leaves (variegata marginata). Chlorogalum is related to agave & manfreda and I don't know hoe genetics influences variegation in those plants (which are also frequently variegata marginata). I have selfed two years' of seeds and none have come up variegated. But maybe it takes time to emerge and you PBXers will get lucky :-)
-|<ipp

> Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 20:00:19 -0700
> From: jwickham@sbcglobal.net
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [pbs] PBX 326 Chlorogalum and Massonia
> 
> Kipp,
> 
> What is the cause of the variegated foliage then?
> 
> John
> 
> --- On Sat, 10/13/12, Kipp McMichael <kimcmich@hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
> From: Kipp McMichael <kimcmich@hotmail.com>
> Subject: [pbs] PBX 326 Chlorogalum and Massonia
> To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 7:51 PM
> 
> Greetings,
>   The Chlorogalum pomeridianum bulbs offered are 3 year-old bulbs about the size and shape of a pinkie finger. These are seed from a selfed, variegated parent. They have not shown variegation (and indeed there is no reason to assume it is genetic anyway). These are winter growers (and hardy to 27 degrees or lower) but they can survive where they get summer irrigation. 
>   The Massonia pustulata bulbs are 2 year-old seedlings from a very purple and very warty strain. This strain is also a very prolific seeder. Winter-growing and it can handle frequent light frosts without a problem. If grown in full-sun, the two leaves are less than 5 inches total. Shadier growing conditions will increase the leaf size at the expense of the purple coloration.
> -|<ipp                           
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