Orchids forum: I learned a new word

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 6, 2017 11:33 PM CST
I learned a new word today: Chimera

According to Greek mythology, a chimera is a fire-breathing hybrid creature made up of more than one animal.

I got this crazy looking Phalaenopsis at Raley's (I mentioned this earlier) but look what its done now! I posted it on Matsui Orchids FB page and the response I got was "You got one of the new ones". Confused

Then the rest of the branches started opening and DD#1 remembered a word: Chimera. According to an article by Professor R. Daniel Linebergerat from Texas A & M, "A plant is said to be a chimera when cells of more than one genotype (genetic makeup) are found growing adjacent in the tissues of that plant." For instance: Chimera violets (where DD#1 heard the word before).

https://chimeraav.com/wp-conte...

So, best I can understand, chimeras are plants that have the usual looking flowers but have something else going on too - like flowers of 3 color variations growing on one flower spike.
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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Oct 7, 2017 5:29 AM CST
Wow.. that’s crazy!
lindsey
Name: Archivesgirl
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Archivesgirl
Oct 7, 2017 6:14 AM CST
Absolutely gorgeous and you ended up with a one of a kind plant (a chimera). Thanks for sharing.
I tip my hat to you.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 7, 2017 5:56 PM CST
It's gorgeous, Daisy.

I had also heard the word chimera applied to a plant that I bought years ago. It is the variegated Canna 'Stuttgart' which I bought twice from two different suppliers and neither of them ever showed any of the beautiful leaf variegation that I was expecting. Plain, blue/green leaves. The flowers were right, but the leaves never performed. So when I contacted them, both suppliers said the same thing "The variegation is caused by a chimera in the background genetics, and is not stable". They both assured me that I could see variegation down the road . . now over 10 years and the darned things still come up plain blue/green. Humph,.
Elaine

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 7, 2017 7:25 PM CST
I suspect you would have to see the plant, otherwise, how could you know that your particular plant had the right weird gene thing going on? Just because a gene is there doesn't mean it will be the exhibited gene.

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