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Q.What’s Happened With This Lupin!,

Zone Southampton | Karen B added on May 30, 2021 | Answered

I have a healthy lupin but the one if the flower stems is shown below- it’s a mutant! Anyone seen this before?!

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Answered on May 31, 2021

Symptoms point to Polyploidy. This is just a fancy term that means it is a mutant with multiple sets of genetics in each cell.

Sometimes, when the cell is dividing mistakes are made. Instead of dividing into multiple copies of cells, they merge into a larger single cell. When this happens, you get mutations like this.

Enjoy it. It won't harm anything, and will make for some unique photos!

This article will explain polyploidy:


Here is an article explaining "sports" in plants:


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