The Pollen Sacs are Lacking on My African Violet Flowers. What Occurred?


Pollen sacs are at all times current on African violets, proper? Not at all times. Have you ever seen one with out them? Would you even discover? What occurred to them? Aren’t they crucial?

Pollen sacs on an African violet
This African violet has pollen sacs like most violets

What Are Pollen Sacs?

The yellow components in the midst of an African violet are the male reproductive components of a violet. They’re held up by filaments. (You may see these on the edges beneath the yellow sacs within the above image.)

Pollen Sacs Lacking

So why are the sacs lacking on this African violet? Are there causes they wouldn’t be wished?

LooXo 'Delightful' African violet
The yellow pollen sacs are lacking on this LooXo violet

LooXo African violets haven’t any pollen sacs

Optimara, a plant firm in Tennessee, was engaged on these violets for over 10 years earlier than they introduced them to market in 2018.

They launched them to the horticulture world at Domesticate 18′, a big commerce present in Columbus, Ohio. I first noticed them there. I knew after I checked out them that one thing was totally different.

Why no pollen sacs?

So why did they hybridize these violets with no pollen sacs? The most important issue was a tiny insect referred to as the Western Flower Thrip or Frankliniella occidentalis. What does this tiny insect must do with eradicating the pollen sacs?

spilled pollen from thrips
The pollen sac has been eaten by thrips and the pollen spilled down the petals

If you happen to’ve ever bought an African violet that had “powder” on the petals, you could have encountered flower thrips. They love pollen and after they feed on it, the pollen spills out of the sacs and scatters down the petals. If you happen to see this within the retailer, hold transferring.

Optimara made “filantherless” violets

These violets are referred to as “filantherless” violets as a result of they’re lacking the filaments and anthers or the male reproductive organs. This eliminates the flower thrip, but in addition protects the violets from botrytis, a fungus that attacts the flowers. With out the anthers, the flowers last more, giving them an extended shelf life within the shops.

LooXo violet

Why LooXo?

Why are these filantherless violets referred to as LooXo? It’s pronounced “looks-so” and the big X represents the feminine chromosome and so they x’ed out the male components. When folks noticed them they mentioned they “look so beautiful” or they “look so pleasant” that the title caught.

The LooXo ‘Beautiful’ beneath seems to have the yellow sacs, however that’s actually the ovary of the feminine reproductive components.

LooXo Gorgeous
LooXo Beautiful on the 2018 Domesticate present

Are they as enticing?

I’m unsure I like them as a lot because the violets with the yellow facilities. What are your ideas? I really feel just like the yellow facilities provides them added oomph and make them extra enticing. I do just like the one I simply purchased, although.

The brand new LooXo violet revealed on the January 2023 TPIE (Tropical Plant Worldwide Expo) present is ‘Lisa’. What a GREAT title, proper? And its inexperienced! I want one and hope I can discover one quickly. Optimara, you possibly can ship me one if you wish to……

LooXo 'Lisa' African violet

Have a terrific week, plant mates!

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