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?