Look what I found in my basement! One of my little lowii plants has put out three variegated leaves. This one is from Mt Trusmadi.
Kewl! When I cut down my highland jungle chanber I had forgot that I'd bought boughten a *N. spectabilis (Bandahara giant form) from Wistuba a couple years back and when I found it again I see it's vareigated! It's a vine now so I have a few cuttings rooting, we'll see if the vareigation holds true on these cuttings. I hope so, it's so wild looking with white green and red striped leaves!
PS, does anyone know if this freak vareigation happens because of a hiccup in cloning or will all clones have this? I ask because I would imagine nurseries would advertise this if all the clones of that # would be doing it.
You have to post a pic. *The leaves have white & red variegation? *Awesome!
To quote an Agristarts sales rep. as he noticed our variegated tc rafflesiana from one of their plug trays "Hold on to that guy."
A common fault of variegated plants is they tend to be slow and weak. *Do you find that to be true with your lowii?
One variegated Nep that is sure to grow like a weed is our variegated ventrata.
Volker at http://pitcherplants.proboards34.com explained:
"These plants are called Chimeras having more than one genotype in the same plant. The most popular Chimera is leaf variegation, but there are also other examples like the thorn-less berries and so on.
Chimeras happen by natural mutation, or induced by radiation, or chemicals. Very popular to happen in-vitro.
For the variegation the plant produces normal Chlorophyll containing cells and mutated ones without.
A Chimera can be vegetatively propagated, while keeping the appearance. They are very common for certain commercial ornamental plants - way more than their 'healthy' natural counterparts.
But, is it possible to find these variegated Nep's in sale?
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