The more I explore the Broken colour and plicata genetics
the more complecated the scenerio appears. Some people would not call
Gay Stripes a plicata type, but I have been doing so and will stand by
that. based on how it has performed in breeding.
Often the only difference between something like Gay Strioes and
a "clasic" plicata is the absence of anthocyanin in the centre of the
petal. I'm beginning to suspect that this(presence or absence of
colour in certral part of petal) is under a seperate genetic control
then the plicata alleles, even though it is often associated with it. I
further suspect that what is reffered to as the plicata genes is
basically producing the stripes as in Gay Stripes and that this same
gene is producing these same stripes in other types of iris, such
as in arils, only it is not referred to as plicata as it does not have
the gene to remove anthocyanin from the centre of the petals.
In addition, the gene producing the broken colour pattern may not be on
a plicata allele but on another gene, but expresses itself only
in presence of the four sets of the "plicata" genes
I keep gathering data but in my climate I often don't get enough
data from any cross (weather attrition) to fully analysis it.
If anyone wishes to help out by gathering data, let me know. I'm
looking at plicata crosses of a classic plicata with one
with centre coloured, broken colour crosses, zonal crosses etc. What I
need is a set of pictures of all the seedlings in the cross.
Anyone wishing to help out let me know. Several people have already volunteered, but the more data the better.
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