Sunday, August 29, 2010

Albanism in Orchids

Phalaenopsis violacea var. alba 'Wanchaio Jungle White' SM/TOGA x Self. Typically, albanism in orchids refers to the absence of color due to the suppression of at least one gene loci, typically for the expression of the color lavendar. If you had a red flower with both lavendar and yellow expression, the absence of lavendar may also result in a yellow or aurea form. In this case, the green of the flower is still expressed (yet another loci) resulting in a wonderful contrast between the white flower and the green segment tips.

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