LariAnn's blog: The Secret of the "Brown Sinuata"

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 10:03 AM

<h2>Today at Aroidia - March 1, 2012</h2>
<p>In a previous entry, I shared about the first-time blooming of an Alocasia I have that I refer to as the "Brown Sinuata".  The plant bloomed in August of 2011 and of course I did a number of hybridizations using the pollen from it.</p>
<p>Well, the berries ripened, the seeds were planted, and now I have 4" pots full of small seedlings.  Among them is one that, to me, revealed the secret of the Brown Sinuata.  You see, when I crossed the Brown Sinuata with my hybrid of Imperial Giant and Imperial Dark, I got one seedling that is ALL dark - dark petioles, dark main veins and dark undersides to the leaves.</p>
<p>What is the "secret"?  I feel it is a secret revealed because I had read and heard about an A. macrorrhizos variety that was totally dark, a true "Black Mac", but I had never seen one in the flesh.  The secret, then, is that somewhere in the genetic history of the Brown Sinuata may be the true Black Mac.  This is the only way I feel that I could have obtained a seedling that is a spitting image of a true Black Mac.</p>
<p>Stay tuned for pictures as this plant grows larger.</p>

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