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Variegation

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Here we see some of the many forms of variegation in Clivia. Most of these images are Chinese Daruma variegates and are also popular because of the broader leaves.
Variegation is generally recognised as a trait passed on through the pod parent and occurs when the genes responsible for producing Chlorophyll in the leaves are switched on and off at the site of the growing apical Meristem, either in vertical or horizontal bands. The switching mechanism can be either continuous or intermittent, with some leaves being clear of variegation completely in groups of adjacent leaves before the next variegated leaves are produced.
Names often used to describe a certain variegation in Chinese/Japanese Clivia include 'Akebono' and 'Light of Buddha'.