If you are thinking of some of the circus-striped
plicatas of George Sutton, I suspect they are what I am referring to as
possibly the complex interaction between Umbrata and plicata. I won't
know until some test crosses involving plicata and Umbrata bloom, and those
crosses aren't even made yet.
The Thornbird seedling doesn't come from plicata
ancestry, although that means nothing. Plicata variants can pop up
In Wilma Vallette's book (which I have on loan and
can't reference at the moment) she mentions her tests of glaciata
Matterhorn) and amoena, looking to see if there were common ground between
the recessive whites. She also made crosses involving a recessive white
from blues (White Satin) that is related to LADY BLUEBEARD--being a sibling of
The white of each of
the three appeared to be genetically unrelated. She doesn't
say more about what the plicata/amoena cross produced. I'd like to have
seen descriptions of the entire cross.
Another place where plicata and Umbrata cross paths
is in the ancestry of SEASHELL, where a variegata and a plicata were
crossed. I don't know if Loomis' records tell about the results, but
Seashell itself has what appears to be a pale Umbrata overlay on the fall.
No sign of interaction with the pl allelic series shows in the cv.
Every shade of variation from the kind of veining
in Bob's seedling from Thornbird up to and including solid fall spots with a
band of varying width (and even some where the band is invisibly narrow if
present) with veining extending out from the beard area not at all, some, some
more, some more yet covering almost all of the fall and becoming solid at the
edge, with the edge border, and then those that are veined all the
way The same range of variation can and does appear in
The Asiatic tetraploids also seem to have the solid
version of the fall overlay--as in AMAS. None of these, diploid or tet.,
have plicata genetics expressed as far as one can tell.
However, when the *standards* have plicata
patterning and the fall has the butterfly wing effect, that looks at first
glance to me to be an interaction between two discrete allelic series. It
will take some test crosses to check this out, and that hasn't been done to my
knowledge. I'll share what I learn when this is tested.
I'm also wondering just where, if at all, the
L&S series from Joe Ghio primarily, which includes some that are
radiating-vein patterned partly or extensively (as in EXPOS…) fits into
this. I have a few seedlings which I expect to bloom that have an
Umbrata-expressed pod parent X IMPULSIVE, one parent of Exposť. Hopefully
that will point in the direction to go with this question, or it may
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