In 1994 when Yoshikazu Nakamura visited SA for
the first time to attend the first Clivia Club conference and show he stayed
with us and in his ever-kindly and gracious way he gave us some of his seed.
The attached Akebono is a beauty - the flower
apparently based on Vico Yellow, the scape also a pure yellow (all other
yellows that we are aware of have green scapes) and the transverse stripes are
striking. The seedling started off with green leaves and the stripes
only showed up after the second year.
Two eminent botanists who we have asked have
been unable to explain the physiology/biochemistry of the stripes - can anyone
else? Some of the leaves show no striping - is there a trigger
mechanism/event that no one understands?