July 6, 2009

Chirita Patina's red hairs

A few days before the Convention, I had a leaf-propped Chirita 'Deco' in one hand and a Chirita 'Patina' in the other, and stood there wondering how to tell them apart. Here is Lee Stradley's 'Patina' show plant:

Peter Shalit explained during his lecture that Deco and Patina are siblings, and the primary distinguishing characteristic is that Chirita 'Patina' has red hairs on the leaves, giving it a "patina" in the right light. Here's a closer look at a leaf, and the hairs.