How aril genes work in conjunction with other bearded genes is always a
question. It may be that what they have works in a similar manner to plic
genes, but isn't the exact thing. How did you arrive a classifying GAY
STRIPES as a plicata? It parentage is listed as two unknown oncobreds. It
was eventually given an AB classification by the ASI folks indicating it was
an AABB type. I will say that many of the seedlings that have turned up the
broken colors have had a plicata parent, but not all the seedlings exhibited
broken color. I used TIGER HONEY once and most, but not every seedling,
gave some broken color patterns. Sometimes it seems to be only slight. The
attached seedling shows the broken color pattern and it came via GREENAN
CASTLE X TATAI PASHA. GC is pink and not a plicata. The seedling also
turned up variegated foliage. Of course there are also bearded genes at
work from the AB side of the cross. It would take a lot of digging to
determine how much, if any, plic genes were involved from that end. Since
TATAI PASHA is a C.G. White AB, the non-aril side will be unknown. It was
suggested on this forum that the old 'butterfly' pattern was also a type of
plic _expression_. The progenitor of many of those older 'butterflies' is
'Butterfly Wings' New seedlings this year of 'Butterfly Wings' X TCHA
'DEETCH produced stripes - lots of stripes - but no hint of broken color.
I wouldn't be surprised to find aril genes that are similar to some in other
beardeds. There may be slight differences in them, though, that give huge
differences in _expression_.
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