Trace Element: An element found in African Violets and other plants in trace amounts. Many of the known trace elements may have beneficial effects for African Violets. These effects, however, have not been fully established. Also see Major Element and Micronutrient.
Tradition: Optimara variety belonging to the Victorian Charm series. Medium, standard African Violet (4-inch pot size) with single, pink flowers and variegated leaves. Introduced 1995. (AVSA Reg. No. 8337) More information.
Trailer: Plant type. An African Violet which has more than one crown. Trailers are sometimes called multiple-crowned, multiple-stemmed or caulescent. Also see Sucker.
Trailing: Growth habit. Describes an African Violet which has more than one crown. Also see Trailer. Contrast with Rosette.
Transpiration: Movement of water through African Violets and other plants. Transpiration serves two primary functions. First, it distributes water and nutrients from the roots to the leaves and other parts of the plant. Second, it provides a way of regulating the plant's temperature, especially through the evaporation of water from the leaves.
Transplanting: The relocation of a plant from one container to another. Also see Repotting.
Trinidad: Optimara variety. Large, standard African Violet (4-inch pot size) with single, lilac flowers and medium green leaves (red reverse). Introduced 1987. (AVSA Reg. No. 6602) More information.
Tropical Mites: See Broad Mites.
True Miniature: Sometimes called genuine miniature. An African Violet which naturally grows as a miniature, i.e., no growth regulators are used to keep it small. When used correctly, the term 'miniature' itself means true miniature. The terms 'true miniature' or 'genuine miniature' are used merely as a way of emphasizing their true growth habit. Contrast with Miniaturized.
Trumpet: Leaf type. Describes an African Violet leaf which is deeply spooned.
Truncate: Leaf type. Describes an African Violet leaf with a flat base.
Trunk: Neck which has become elongated. See Potting Down A Neck.
Tufted Double: Bloom type. See Crested Double.
Turgor: Describes the water pressure in the cells of African Violets and other plants. It is this pressure which gives the plant enough firmness or turgidity to stand up. Without sufficient turgor, the plant's leaves and flowers would sag.
Turquoise: Optimara super miniature variety. See Little Turquoise.
Twist: Optimara variety belonging to the Little Dancer series. Compact African Violet (3-inch pot size) with frilled, bi-color flowers. Flowers are purple and white. Leaves are medium green. Introduced 1997. More information.
Two-Step: Optimara variety belonging to the Little Dancer series. Compact African Violet (3-inch pot size) with frilled, bi-color flowers. Flowers are burgundy and white. Leaves are light green. Introduced 1999. More information.
Two-Tone: Bloom pattern. Describes an African Violet flower which exhibits two different tones of the same color.
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