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Variegated Leaves?

Posted by finch No. Calif. 9b (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 23, 06 at 18:50

I have a Chandleri Elegans Variegated in the yard of a 40-year old house that I moved into a few months ago. It is blooming nicely, and generally looks in good health, but I noticed that some of the leaves have a bright yellow variegation, similar to that found on some house plants. It doesn't look like a typical nutrient deficiency (I have a degree in soil microbiology), but is more of an irregular blotchy pattern. Any suggestions as to what may cause this? Is it possibly a virus?

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RE: Variegated Leaves?

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 23, 06 at 21:28

This is common. Macoboy (1998) says

"Happily, virus diseases are not a worry. The only one of which I am aware is indeed often welcomed: it is responsible for creating the variegated versions of many red and pink camellias....The virus occasionally shows up in the leaves as yellow mottling, but it rarely affects more than a twig or two. The vigor of the plant won't be noticeably reduced unless practically every leaf comes mottled."

RE: Variegated Leaves?

Yes, and you might watch for any blooms on that limb to see if they produce a sport that is different from the others, you may have something interesting happen.

RE: Variegated Leaves?

  • Posted by finch No. Calif. 9b (My Page) on
    Tue, Jan 24, 06 at 9:42

Thanks, that is good info. It is similar to the leaves on a Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus), and is here and there over the entire plant.

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