GENETIC VARIATIONS IN CARNATION: COLOR PATTERNS OF PETALS, NUMBER OF BUDS AND THE ARRANGEMENT OF FLOWER BUDS ON THE STEMS
The first group included plants with new patterns of colors which resemble the wing colors of exotic butterflies. These color combinations were based on variations in shape of the basal macule, and the central spot on the petals, and their combinations of various colors and shades.
The second group had different number of flower buds per stem, before disbudding, which varied from one to 30 and above.
The third group represent variations in the arrangement of flower buds on the stem, including standard and spray types. However, we also found stems with Clustered-Head of flowers, Cluster-Head-Spray, and even Composited-Cluster-Head-Spray. Some genotypes had flowers arranged on very short secondary stems, giving a gladiolus type inflorescence.
These genetic variations are presented, and their potential use for the creation of new cultural type of carnations is discussed.