Mutations: plant

Plant mutations, known as sports, breaks, or chimeras, are naturally occurring genetic mutations that can change the appearance of the foliage, flowers, fruit or stems of any plant.

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Camellia flower showing mutation.

Quick facts

Common name: Sport, break, chimera
Plants affected: Any plant
Main causes: A genetic mutation
Timing: Usually spring or summer, often a response to temperature fluctuations.

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