Sport of Leaf Chimera “Little Stinker”

I have been using the same stem tissue culture propagation method for leaf chimeras as I use for other “flowering” chimera African violets. The outcomes are as expected, true Little Stinker plants. But not quite as consistently. I have seen more variants then I expected. Grant it most are true to the parent. But there are some really extreme variants. Here is one example and if it can grow (I have serious doubts) it would really be an unusual African violet. The below image is what I am referring to. Click on the image to enlarge.

What I saw in tissue culture and then transplanted to soil and it grew is the above plant. The leaves are white with the exception of green leaf edges which I circled in red a few to clarify my point. Now, this is growing in a 2 oz plastic container. It is small. But t was only a small fraction of this size when I placed it in the container not expecting it to grow at all for lack of a meaningful amount of chlorophyll. Because of the lack of chlorophyll on the leaf, I placed the plantlets under an LED light and maintained them at 10,000 Lux light intensity. That is a bit more than double a normal African violet. Also, there are 3 suckers attached to the main plantlet above. Below you can see I separated out the suckers.

If any of them will sustain themselves for any period it will most likely be plantlet A. It has a small root system and some clearly defined dark green leaf edges (chlorophyll). Plantlet B in my opinion has the 2nd best chance as it has a normal looking core and shape. Plant C is missing a nicely defined center core but it could be a matter of some time for development. Plantlet D, well time will tell, I am not optimistic for this one at all but the decision if it grows is not mine. The most striking thing to me so far that these plantlets are actually surviving and growing with so very little chlorophyll. The reason we do not see albino plants (and on the very rare occasions they will sprout in a number of different species) is that they die as a result of their inability to produce glucose (food for themselves) because they lack the chlorophyll needed for photosynthesis hence they starve to death. I will keep you updated on these four plants. Click on the images to enlarge them.


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