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Re: Twinspot Spotted!

  • Subject: Re: Twinspot Spotted!
  • From: njhosta@hotmail.com
  • Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 21:48:26 -0400

Hi Mike,
         It may be a little more work (and a little messy), but maybe you
could dig the plant and hold it to the scanner, then replant it with the
leaf still on. That would let you see what comes from it next year. So far
the ones I've seen have not repeated, so don't get your hopes too high. Part
of the reason why is they mostly started up in the leaf and did not run down
into the base of the plant. The one Ray sent seems to be moving through the
rhizome, which is the first I've seen do that. See if you can tell if the
green/white stripe runs all the way down the petiole or starts higher. If
it's still a single division, try my method of removing all the other buds
this fall and leaving just that one. It should be the one that sprouts then.


> 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-----
> 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-----
> > 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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