Amorphophallus konjac 'Solar Flair'

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Origin

The Originator

Michael Marcotrigiano (inventgardens@gmail.com)

The Namer

Michael Marcotrigiano (inventgardens@gmail.com)

Parentage

(Amorphophallus konjac 'Leo Song') x (Amorphophallus konjac 'Gordon's Gold'). The seedling resulted from a purposeful hybridization aimed at combining key ornamental traits that exist in the parental cultivars. Amorphophallus konjac ‘Leo Song’, known for its nearly spotless pink petiole, was pollinated with A. konjac ‘Gordon’s Gold’, known for its yellow leaf. Pollinations were performed in 2005. From the 117 seeds produced 99 germinated. Seedlings were screened over several years with eliminations routinely made until only seedlings with bright yellow leaves and a bright pink petiole remained. Four seedlings met this description and future culling, based on color was conducted. In year seven, only one seedling was saved as it had the best combination of traits. The cross demonstrates that the yellow leaf character of ‘Gordon’s Gold’ could be transmitted in the first generation as could the pink petiole nearly devoid of markings. This indicates some form of dominance, making these parents ideal candidates for future interspecific crosses. Many seedlings, however, did not have either/or both traits and the least impressive looked like wild-type A. konjac.

Date

selected in 2013 from crosses done 8 years earlier

Name Derivation

The cultivar name reflects the bright yellow leaf and bright pink petiole, which, as with a solar flare, is more intense than the norm. The use of the homonym “flair” for “flare” indicates the breeder’s feeling that the plant is also stylish and original.

Publication

No publications. The intent is to market it at first on internet auction sites beginning in spring 2018.

Description

Habit

Typical of Amorphophallus konjac

Leaf

The leaf of ‘Solar Flair’ is not as highly dissected and graceful as the parent ‘Leo Song’, but is slightly more dissected than its other parent ‘Gordon’s Gold’. The petiole color appears even pinker than ‘Leo Song’ likely because the background color is lighter on the petiole. The petiole has some random olive to brown small spots and streaks as with ‘Leo Song’. There is greater color intensity of the petiole as the plant gets older. The leaf is yellow but the color varies depending on the light level. When receiving morning sun for four hours it can be intense canary yellow. In less light, it is chartreuse. The leaf color is a more uniform yellow than that of ‘Sun Shadow’. The leaf can scorch if it is receiving intense light.

Flower and Fruit

Reproductive morphology is indistinguishable from typical A. konjac. The cultivar is maintained by clonal propagation.

Unique Characteristics

Leaf is yellow and petiole is nearly pure pink

Photos

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