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Re: CULT: Suberization


An old Webster's dictionary defines suberization:

'conversion of the cell walls into corky tissue by infiltration with

suberin is then defined as:

'a complex fatty substance that is the basis of cork'

Not much help, I'm afraid.  Maybe as a rhizome is drying, suberin builds up
and the rhizome is more corky than starchy.  Sort of a suspended growth
situation that prevents decay?

Donald Eaves
Texas  Zone 7b, USA

-----Original Message-----

>I have been reading a report on an 'iris study,' and the use of the
>term suberization is scattered throughout the report.  The author
>assumes the reader knows what the term means in relation to
>irises.  It is never defined.
>The term is not in TWOI.  I searched in Mallorn and found no
>reference.   From the context of the report, it appears to me to refer
>to the time rhizomes  have been out of the ground before planting
>-  a curing process.  Anyone know for sure?
>Walter Moores

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