Here's the one in a few thousand chances that you get when doing a massive seed increase and crossing your finger that recombining a huge population of leucophyllas (all from the same population) with each other will eventually yield some bomb.org recessive gene expression. It may seem like a waste of time to roll the dice and "breed" this way, but I like to push the genes to their limits, knowing that in a lot of the cases, nothing will turn out. But in the one case that something does happen, it was worth the effort!
While it's still too early to tell just how good this one will be, if it's already this white as a seedling, chances are, this will be a stunner in the future, so I thought it would be worth photo-documenting. The trap was first noticed because unlike all the other surrounding seedlings, this one had a bright white tip, hence the name.
S. leucophylla var. alba 'punto blanco' Washington Co, AL, pics taken 4/24/21 and maybe a week or two later:
Hurricane creek whites are indeed spectacular and some of the best albas out there, but almost every last clone in cultivation is genetically very similar (ie. siblings, cousins, or offspring from the genetically limited mother plants). I suppose the reason why finding albas like punto blanco is so significant is because they're very genetically different from hurricane creek white, and unique alba clones in cultivation (excluding Hurricane creek white) are extremely rare.
Finding "new" alba clones means there's an even richer future for alba breeding, and it also means we have a chance to create even whiter plants in the future. We also have the chance to create albas that will perform well in more northern climates where hurricane creek white only occasionally performs well if there's good weather. Because Sarracenia experience inbreeding depression, outcrossing is necessary in the long run to push the alba genes to their limits, as well as create new combinations never seen before.
One very surprising characteristic of punto blanco is that the traps can turn red, just like hurricane creek white, right when they open, but that red coloration goes away as the traps age. Pics taken 7/13/21:
This picture me of those really skinny fish that you can barely see when you look at them from this perspective:
My hurricane creek white clone A never turn red when it open or any time. Maybe it's more a characteristic of clone F? I noticed a few of the HCW clone F seedlings are doing this too.
For sure, if the conditions are right, HCW clone A may never have that anthocyanin production, but when it's really sunny and cold, the stress seems to bring out that strange trait. I'm pretty sure I've seen all the HCW clones produce red anthocyanins like this at some point or another, but haven't really paid attention to it. HCW F and its progeny arent' as picky and the pitchers will turn red even if it's not cold during the grow season. Here's HCW clone A, Pics taken 7/16/21:
sanguinearocks101: What are good plants to make hybrids with S. luecophylla with? Im looking for dark colors.
Sept 10, 2020 18:46:52 GMT -5
adaetz100: Sarracenia purpurea tends to add a lot of red/purple to its offspring, but there are some lovely dark red flava x leucophylla crosses too. Look up 'Royal Ruby' if you're not familiar with it already--it's a natural flava x leuco hybrid
Sept 22, 2020 20:15:04 GMT -5
sarrseens: How about $50
Oct 3, 2020 10:35:54 GMT -5