Gladiolus dalenii hybrid

John Grimshaw
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:02:23 PDT
As Nick Wightman says, Gladiolus dalenii is very often mottled, but this is
a natural coloration and not to be confused with the viral symptoms seen in
the plant in question (in my opinion a quite advanced hybrid some distance
removed from G. dalenii). In this blocks of tissue between veins become more
heavily pigmented than in the rest of the segment. I am no virologist and
have no idea of the type of virus involved, but the symptoms exhibited by
this specimen are identical to those one can find in infected Crocus and

John Grimshaw

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Subject: Re: [pbs] Gladiolus dalenii hybrid

Why can't there be a genetic component to the streaking? The Gladiolus
dalenii subsp. dalenii plants that I have on my property in Zambia display
quite a variation in streaking with some pure lemon yellow forms to some
heavily streaked so that the flowers appear orange or reddish from a
distance. There's also a few that have a different flowering time as most
come up and bloom by early to mid December but another form (with stronger
stalks and broader leaves) that waits until around February to bloom.…



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> To:
> Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:03:04 -0700
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Gladiolus dalenii hybrid
> On 15 Oct 2012, at 12:33, Hans-Werner Hammen wrote:
> > I read some suggestion, this Gadiolus be infected by Virus. 
> > Allthough many plants might carry Viruses latently, the color 
> > pattern does NOT indicate Mosaic-Virus. The typical SHARP 
> > transitions of Mosaic, are absent. The fliowers of your Gladiolus 
> > are beautiful, and there is actually some sophisticated Gladiolus 
> > Hybrids, that show this beautiful kind of dark streaks.  Who ever is 
> > fast, to conclude Mosaic, Look for Gladiolus grandiflora 'Passos'rather
than implanting frustration, into other people's Heart.
> No one said it was a *mosaic* virus.
> I wrote "The streaking on the petals looks suspiciously like a virus
> Alberto Castillo wrote "Looks like a heavily virused Gladiolus garnieri."
> Janos Agoston wrote "I think it is some virus."
> You will note that all three of us pointed to virus infection as a 
> possibility, not an established fact, in this case.
> A reminder too that the beautiful flaming and streaking of parrot 
> tulips is due to "Tulip Breaking Virus". I wonder if, like parrot 
> tulips, those "sophisticated gladiolus hybrids that show this beautiful
kind of dark streaks"
> of which you write owe their beauty to a virus infection. After all 
> the widespread occurence of this gladiolus in northern Italy is prima 
> facie evidence that the putative virus does not weaken this species of
> It would be irresponsible for those of us who responded to have 
> remained silent, even if we had to bear potentially bad news. Wouldn't 
> the OP have been even more frustrated if he brought this gladiolus 
> into his garden and as a result lost his more delicate species to it?
> --
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate
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