Plumeria forum: Plumeria ID and Mis-identification

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Name: Online public--Cyra
Central CA (Zone 9a)
Apr 13, 2013 8:39 AM CST
The message I'm getting from visiting multiple plumeria sites and forums is that plumeria flowers can change coloration depending on climate factors, sometimes incredibly so, to the extent that they don't even resemble their own description. I found the images below online, in a pdf. put out by the Frangipani Society of Australia. (See images on p. 10, featuring the "Common Pink"-note the splashes of color on some blossoms....and yet these photos are all of the same cultivar!)
It seems like flower coloration is highly variable, depending on weather,- but of course the growth habits of plumeria, and flower petal shapes, remain the same.
Fascinating, isn't it? It's of special interest to me, because I'm very taken with with plumeria showing splashes of color, like the marbled end-papers of older books, but I have found out that in many cases this coloration is due to a lethal virus:( Now I'm finding that this coloration may also appear fleetingly during changes in the weather, but then can disappear, again.
It would be wonderful if it were a stable trait!
I've noticed a cultivar of James Little, called "Mosaic". Does anyone know if the splashes of color on it hold true, regardless of weather? Does anyone here have this cultivar, and if so, how would you describe it's growth habit, as a tree?
[Last edited by cyra - Apr 13, 2013 10:33 AM (+)]
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