Variegated leaf porn

by Caroline Brown

Whenever I put the word “porn” on my blog I get lots of hits. I need all the help I can get, so as a sort of follow-up to my post on the science behind variegated leaves, here’s some variegated leaf porn from Roger Williams Park Botanical Conservancy in Providence.

I have no idea what any of these plants are. Any ideas anyone? Jo-Ann B., if you’re out there chime in because I know you know the answer! I think it’s the coolest thing ever that the leaves are variegated green/cream on the top side, but all purple on the bottom side. Very wacky things going on with pigments and genes here.

Below is an example of a plant that lacks chlorophyll (green pigment). It has instead an excess of the anthocyanin, the pigment that produces reds, pinks, and purples.

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8 Comments to “Variegated leaf porn”

  1. I know your third photo is variegated ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) And the last one is Cordyline (Cordyline terminalis). No idea about the first one. I love the variegated plants.

  2. Priscilla is right about the last two pictures.

    The first picture is Calathea roseopicta, I think (it’s at least a Calathea).

    The second picture: top left is Calathea veitchiana and C. makoyana.

    I’m not 100% sure on the species identifications, but the first two pictures are definitely all Calathea.

    The Cordyline doesn’t lack chlorophyll entirely. It’s there. There’s just also a lot of other stuff going on.

  3. Porn not required; what a beautiful photo C!

    I love variegated leaves so much, they are magical.

    Thanks for sharing. šŸ™‚

  4. Don’t know where my comment got to….

    What a beautiful photo C, I love variegated leaves on plants, they are so special.

    Porn not required for continued visits, just the great posts you always write.

  5. I’m going to have to try that technique! I once titled a post ‘Wet and Wild’ and had many hits that day. It took a while for me to figure out why and then I just LOL!

  6. love it! You are very funny and your blog is right on! I look forward to reading more.

  7. what a nice leaves! they are so special.i love these leaves.

  8. what a nice website! keep updating.

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