Leopard spots, chequerboards and spider’s webs: classification, systematics and function of variegated leaves in Orchidaceae

Schuiteman A.

Published on : 16-Oct-2021

DOI : https://dx.doi.org/10.22244/rheedea.2021.31.03.02


A list of 800 orchid species with variegated leaves from 101 genera is presented. Their modes of variegation are classified using a simple scheme of five elements. The systematic occurrence of variegation is tabulated and analysed, and the potential ecological functions of variegation are discussed.