Ask Douglas Justice: Why an extra petal on a 5-petaled flower?

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Question from Joseph Lin: Why did I see one white flower with an staminode and recurved sepal on a rootstock of Kanzan?

    Reply from Douglas Justice:
    I suppose that Prunus avium (the most common rootstock), which typically has recurved sepals, could also have the occasional staminode. It is a common mutation in Japanese cherry flowers.
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