L 12-201 was derived from a cross made between L 97-128 as the female parent and HoCP 96-540 as the male parent. The variety was released in 2019. L 12-201 is a variety that produces a moderate population of medium diameter stalks. The variety stubbles well, is mid-maturing and has moderate cold tolerance. The following pictures will show different characteristics to help identify L 12-201.
1. Canopy – Moderately drooping; excellent shading.
2. Stalk wax – Moderate to heavy wax; the black color that might be present is sooty mold from fungal growth. Inset – Bud on the node is round and can grow into and beyond the growth ring; there is an occasional slight bud groove on the internode.
3. Stalk color under the wax layer – Yellowish-green with yellow being predominant; the stalk color becomes darker with exposure to the sun.
4. Leaf sheath – Heavy pubescence (small prickly hairs).
5. Leaf sheath margin – Generally darker brownish-red and notably different from the green leaf sheath.
6. Dewlap – Olive green.
7. Auricle – Primarily absent to slight.
8. Distinguishing characteristics – The heavy pubescence on the leaf sheath.
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