- At 3:05 PM -0700 on 4/4/04, Colleen or Henry Gaines wrote
>I was trying to determine the proper reference for the darker dotsThanks for asking us. All good questions, and I'm sorry we have a
>of color on some of the petals of what I think is a "George Taber"
>Azalea. I initially thought they might be glands. That does not seem
>to be the case. The information presented and the glossary confuses
>me regarding the terms, variation, and variegation.
>Are there "variations" among Azalea flowers and some of these
>"variations " are "variegations" ? The pattern types of the
>variegations are described as "shibori" ?
confusing writeup. To complicate it a little more, the darker dots on
the upper petal of 'George Lindley Tabor' are usually referred to as
a "blotch". Many azaleas have such blotches.
>I did not see just the term Shibori in the glossary, but a precedingSee <http://www.azaleas.org/azflowers.html#pat>, where I get the
>statement indicated that Shibori translated as variation, rather
>I suppose I should just refer to them as"markings".
impression that "shibori" translates as "variegation". I think
"shibori" = "variation" = "variegation" = "marking" = "pattern". Or
at least I do not know of any meaningful differences between those
terms, and I tend to use them interchangeably (except not shibori -
>I think more like "only" rather than "also". In the US we usually
>Does the term shibori apply to Satsuki azaleas also?
talk about pattern or variation.
>Is there a function of shibori other than insect appeal ?The color patterns may have started out as an insect appeal
mechanism, and now breeders try to breed blotches and patterns in, or
out, depending on their concept of beauty.
>Thank you.Thank *you*! Based on your comments, we will clean up the
nomenclature a bit and save others from the confusing terminology.