Variegated Clivia seedlings

Tony Avent
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:35:47 PDT

Just curious where you saw research that indicates that rohdea variegation is virus induced. We've had several tested years ago, and none had any sign of virus. We have grown a wide collection of rohdeas for 40+ years and have never seen any plants that display the characteristics of a virus.  We have always observed viral variegation patterns on plants to show up randomly, unlike the patterns on rohdea, or similarly aspidistra.  The patterns on both these plants are seasonal, but never random.  There has been great debate over what type of chimera rohdeas are, but I've never read anything that showed this patterning to be viral.  Please enlighten us...thanks!

Tony Avent
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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Alberto Castillo
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2011 1:24 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Variegated Clivia seedlings

Josh, there are a lot of Rhodea  cultivars from Ai that are evidently virused and people admire their "beauty". At least, Rohdeas are not bulbs and have nothing to do with  bulbs.

A virus infecting an amaryllid is an "amaryllid virus" and the potential to impact on many years of work, expense and effort is dreadful.

Chimeric tissue is what causes variegation in many plants, and this is not an infectious disease.


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