Botanical Folio: variegated leaves in their ecosystem
Variegation is both the lack and presence of pigments – lack of green and presence of one or more chemicals of photosynthesis, which looks different because each carries a different pigment. Sometimes, it is just air filled between the epidermis and chlorophyll-containing cells, and the apparent colours are a play of light! 
 
Besides being ornamental and appealing to the eye, there is a whole ecosystem that exists around these plants as the colourful magnificence of these leaves attracts various visitors, even as the flowers fail to match their vibrancy.  A chain of life-forms builds around them as the food web steps in. While some take refuge in these plants, others serve them while performing necessary bodily functions. An adult lacewing is a carrier of pollens while the young larvae prey on mites and small insects. 
 
This book presents two species of variegated plants and all that walks, sits or breathes on and around them.
Codiaeum variegatum (Garden Croton)
Variant 1 in the Garden Croton leaf
Variant 2 in the Garden Croton leaf
Cordyline fruticosa (Good Luck Palm)
Parts of Good Luck Palm flower (left)
Wasp Nest (right)
Achaea janata (Castor Semilooper Moth)
*Photographs have been taken by Aaditi Waghmare – https://www.behance.net/aaditiw
Botanical Folio: variegated leaves in their ecosystem
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Botanical Folio: variegated leaves in their ecosystem

Taking actual references of specimens from the ecosystem of two variegated plants, Garden Croton and Good Luck Palm and hand painting scientific Read More
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