Seven Petal Mauna Loa Bloom

Mauna Loa (Eyerdom) is one of my favorites Chimera African violets.  Its bloom  is described in “First Class” as a single chimera light rose star with a dark red stripe.  Based on observations over the years Mauna Loa has a greater propensity to express 6 petals instead of the 5 which is standard with dicots.  Dicots express an odd number of petals as 5 or multiples of such, 10, 15, 20 and so on.

Over the last few years I have been trying to stem culture only those stems of Mauna Loa that express 6 blooms.  Reality is I do not believe this will really selected out a higher bloom number.  It does not make sense to me as I am not selecting out a trait through traditional genetic selection.  I have never been able to produce an all 6 petal flower count.  But this said from just casual observations I am observing what  seems to be more 6 petals per plant, and now even a 7 petal bloom (below).  But I need a control Mauna Loa plant that has not been stem cultured  to verify this.  I never saw a seven (7) petal bloom on Mauna Loa before.  I apologize for the quality of the image.  I was going to photograph the bloom on the plant and the entire bloom fell off the evening prior so I used a black background instead.

7 petalML

 

 

3 comments on “Seven Petal Mauna Loa Bloom

  1. Dear Admin,
    Such another interesting article! I believe your selective flower propagation is leading the flower to a new mutation.
    I have been thinking something similar these days and was surprised and encouraged to read your article. The chimera “Suisei” I grow sometimes show more than 5 petals. I have observed 9 petals and 6 petals type so far. Unfortunately it did not show the stripe pattern in the extra petals, but thought that it might be interesting. And already started flower stem propagation.
    And beside of stripe, I came up to a question with flowers that show swirls(streaks)on their petal. When you have a flower that shows lots of extra swirls, could it be possible to stabalize this expression by propagating the flower stem? Could this also lead to a new mutation?
    Right now “Scandal” is flowering very interestingly and thinking to try a flower stem propagation than a leaf propagation.

  2. P.S.
    Can I add the link of your wonderful blog to mine?

  3. Sure You can add a link. If you are having an issue let me know

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