Plumeria / Color Break Virus Questions
So my order is finally in the mail, and I should be receiving my cuttings in about two weeks assuming they pass customs. (What is a phytosanitary certificate?) I recently started reading Botany of Desire, and the portion of the book that discusses the tulip mentions that the feature most highly prized during the dutch tulip craze was the color break. The Semper Augustus exemplified the perfect break--a bold contrast with the petal color, and an even, symmetrical break. Only later was it discovered that this break was caused by a virus, not some random plant mutation. A similar phenomenon has hit the plumeria world, and I'm a bit worried. I'm receiving this cutting with my order, and I'm curious.. Is this technically a color break? Being a novice, I really don't know how to determine if this is the product of selective breeding or an illness. If this is the result of a viral infection, it's a beautiful one! I just want to make sure it doesn't spread to any other plants.