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Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs



  • Differently coloured zones (usually lacking chlorophyll or anthocyanin) in the leaves or other plant parts
  • If a shoot is affected, all leaves and fruit will be affected

Often Confused With
Variegated leaves may resemble virus symptoms

A chimera is part of a vine comprised of 2 or more genetically different tissues.  It is usually the result of a vegetative mutation.   It may be expressed as leaves that are bigger, smaller or of a different shape, variation in growth habit (more upright, more compact, shorter internodes), colour (absence of chlorophyll or anthocyanin, teinturier), or flavour (e.g. Chardonnay vs. Chardonnay musqué).

Chimera on Rieslng ChimeraClick to enlarge.