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FW: Amorpholphallus titanum pollen request

  • Subject: FW: Amorpholphallus titanum pollen request
  • From: Scott Hyndman <hyndman@aroid.org>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 21:51:53 -0500 (CDT)

Dear All,

Please note the request below from Greg Redwood of Kew for pollen to
pollinate their soon to bloom Titan Arum.  For your information, I think
that this may be the reblooming of the tuber that received all of the
interesting publicity back in 1996 per the URL at
http://www.kew.org.uk/kewscientist/ks_oct96/titan.html featuring our own
Peter Boyce during his tenure there.  Even if it is the not the same, it
will truly be an enormous inflorescence judging by the weight of the tuber!

There were so many Amorphophallus titanum bloomings here in the US and else
where last year that it was hard to keep up with all of them.  Hopefully,
someone can help Greg out with some stored pollen, or perhaps someone knows
of a possible contact for fresh pollen.  Please contact Greg directly at
your earliest convenience.  Also, please feel free to share firsthand
experience with the tricky technology and art of pollinating these
fascinating plants as not all hand pollination attempts have been

I hope that Greg can please keep us up-to-date with the status of Kew's
Titan Arum.

Best regards,  Scott

Scott Hyndman, President
International Aroid Society
Homepage: http://www.aroid.org/
Vero Beach, Florida, USA
USDA Hardiness Zone 10a
E-mail: hyndman@aroid.org

From: "Greg Redwood" <g.redwood@rbgkew.org.uk>
Organization: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Reply-To: G.Redwood@rbgkew.org.uk
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 16:08:36 +0000
To: hyndman@aroid.org
Subject: amorpholphallus titanum pollen

Dear Scott,
I found your web page whilst searching for possible sources of
pollen for Amorphophallus titanum.  We have a very large tuber (11
stone) which will open its flower in approximately 4 weeks.  I am
very keen to pollinate this and am therefor trying to find someone
who has stored some pollen for this purpose.  If you, or anyone you
know, has stored some pollen from a previous flowering, we would
be very grateful to recieve some.  We would, of course, return the
favour when ours opens.

Many thanks for your time,

Greg Redwood
Head of Great Glasshouses & Training Section
Horticulture & Public Education Department
Royal Botanic Gardens,
Phone  +44-(0)20 8332-5589
Mobile +44-(0)7956 360165
Fax    +44-(0)20 8332-5524

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