What is the ABC strain? (Australian Bastard Cannabis)

Updated Jul 28, 2021

Talk about an interesting mutation! The folks at Painted Forest Farms have been breeding cannabis strains with unique characteristics that almost look like a clover. They generously allowed us to repost their pictures with credit.

The unique leaf structure of ABC plants means they don’t really look like cannabis.

This wild hemp strain is originally from Australia and is sometimes called the ABC strain or Australian Bastard Cannabis. These plants naturally grow all over Australia.

Did you know? Cannabis is an extremely successful plant species ever and grows all over the world. Wild hemp plants have been found naturally growing on every continent except Antarctica.

The flowers of ABC plants stay small and aren’t particularly potent, but the breeding possibilities for stealth strains are intriguing. Auto-flowering strains originated from the wild hemp Ruderalis plants that naturally grow around Siberia, yet now offer a huge range of high-THC versions after extensive breeding. There’s no reason ABC plants couldn’t also be hybridized to grow big high-THC buds.

Note for breeders: The ABC leaf trait is recessive. That means a plant must receive the ABC trait from both parents for the trait to appear in the offspring. If you cross a pure ABC plant with a standard high-THC cannabis strain, chances are that every single plant of the first generation (F1) hybrids will have “regular” cannabis leaves (because the ABC trait is recessive). However, each of the F1 plants has one copy of the ABC genetic trait from their ABC parent, which means if you breed the F1 plants together, a percentage of the F2 hybrids will show the ABC characteristic. These can continue to be crossed and backcrossed with high-THC plants to retain the ABC leaf trait while improving the resulting flowers and yields over time. I made a quick explanation of recessive vs dominant traits as it relates to cannabis breeding if you’re interested in learning more.

I would love to grow one of these as a houseplant. Hidden in plain sight. For true lovers of the growing process!

More Pictures of ABC plants by Painted Forest Farms

The leaves from an ABC plant make ducksfoot strains look like normal cannabis plants!

I think the leaves are beautiful

Have you successfully grown Australian Bastard Cannabis plants? Contact us and let us know. We’d love to see pics and hear about your experience!



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