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Re: HYB: Saliva, Poison

  • Subject: Re: HYB: Saliva, Poison
  • From: "Walter Moores" <wmoores@watervalley.net>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 07:37:21 +0000
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From: "Walter Moores" <wmoores@watervalley.net>

>Dana Brown allowed  (Like Smith Barney, when she speaks, we listen:
> > I find a supply of round toothpick works really well. Dampen the end 
> > with a saliva, collect some pollen on it and wipe it on the stigmatic 
> > lip. Move on to the next flower, clean the toothpick as a function of 
> > remoistening it. (or toss and use a new one)
> 	I thought that moisture was death to pollen?  That is why my friend
> uses saliva to clean up in between flowers? 

	Then, there is the story of the hybridizer who spits on the 
stigmatic lip while making crosses.

	Also, there is the story of the flower club lady, who, while making 
her arrangement, held an iris stalk between her teeth.  Seems she 
ingested some 'sap' from the stalk...made her deathly ill and she was 
carried to the hospital as a result...heard she was in insensitive 
care for awhile.

	Myths?  Are irises really poisonous?  Is saliva poisonous to pollen?

		Walter Moores
		Enid Lake, MS 7/8

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