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RE: Twinspot Spotted!


Bill-

I'll scan the leaf tomorrow and
send.

I'm wondering about all the talk
of bud isolation and it's possibilities
in this sort of leaf varigation.

Any suggestions?

Mike
Milwaukee
-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Meyer [mailto:njhosta@hotmail.com]
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2002 8:07 PM
To: hosta-open@hort.net
Subject: Re: Twinspot Spotted!


Hi Mike,
        Any chance you can get a picture showing that one? You can send
it
through hosta-open if you keep the whole message below 35k or so. I had
a
message go through once at 42k. If it doesn't work the first time, try
sending again. Ray Wiegand sent one in to hostapix just now.

..........Bill Meyer


> Bill-
>
> I had this happen on one of my gold
> seedlings this year.  It's the one that
> eventually flushed with red.  Unfortunatley
> the red was just a signal of a bloom
> scape a commin'.  It's a really cute
> plant though.
>
> One of the leaves had a green streak
> down the center vein, next to it was a
> white streak.  Looked soooo cool. it's
> still there but none of the other leaves
> picked it up.  I guess I'll have to see
> if it comes back next year.  I was
> consdering plucking that leaf and
> scanning it to show but didn't want
> to affet the plant.
>
> Mike
> Milwaukee
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Meyer [mailto:njhosta@hotmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, August 26, 2002 1:35 PM
> To: hosta-open@hort.net
> Subject: Twinspot Spotted!
>
>
>
> Hi Everyone,
>         One of the rarest phenomena in the hosta world is the
> "twinspot". Generally accepted as the classical proof of mitotic
> recombination occuring, it is the result (in a gold plant) of a single
> gold cell dividing into a green cell and a white one, and those two
> forming adjacent and parallel lines of tissue in those two colors.
These
> are as rare as hen's teeth (almost) in hostas, and this is the only
one
> I've seen this year. Fortunately Carol Brashear was there with her
> trusty camera to make it the best-looking "twinspot" photo ever taken.
> It's on a gold seedling at Roy Herold's new garden in Massachusetts.
>         This is the fourth one I've seen so far, and I've looked at an
> awful lot of hosta. It is truly a more-than-one-in-a-million
occurrence.
> All the ones I've seen so far, and the one in Gary Trucks' photo have
> been in the center area of the leaf, and have not extended all the way
> to the edge of the leaf, meaning they did not cross the L1-L2 border.
> Has anyone else seen, or better yet managed to get a photo of one of
> these? Has anyone seen one occur in the margin area of a leaf? If you
> have had one of these where you could watch it, did it reappear (both
> colors or just one?) the following year?
>          There is so much we don't know about rare phenomena like
this,
> and all of us can help the cause of hosta science move along if we can
> provide evidence of unusual events in the plants we see. Please snap a
> picture of truly odd sports or mutations if you see them, and keep
track
> of those plants to see if they do the same thing next year. You can
make
> a difference in advancing our knowledge about the genus.
>
> ........Bill Meyer
>
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