Thursday, December 26, 2013

Symmetrical leaves in Streptocarpus

Streptocarpus 'Heartland's Baby Kisses by Dale Martens

Story # 124, Part VII,

            Symmetrical leaves in Streptocarpus.

            Streptocarpus grow with one long leaf and one short leaf per fan.  The result is unsymmetrical clusters of leaves that are unwieldy. 

            Some Streptocarpus species are very symmetrical and have been dubbed ‘star’ shaped so we know that uniformity is genetically possible.

            No one is worrying about this symmetry yet but it is there waiting to be transferred into breeding lines.

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