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Re: Amorpholphallus titanum pollen request

  • Subject: Re: Amorpholphallus titanum pollen request
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 13:40:44 -0500 (CDT)

----- Original Message -----
From: Wilbert Hetterscheid <hetter@worldonline.nl>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 11:36 AM
Subject: RE: Amorpholphallus titanum pollen request

Hi There Lord P,

Now I think back 50 years or so to my little kindergarten school in the S.
of a Tropical Island, sitting under the shade of a tree, my Hindu teacher,
whip in hand,  leading all us little rainbow-colored multi-racial kids in
one of the MANY 'chants we memorised--"sixteen drams one ounce, sixteen
ounces one pound, fourteen pounds one STONE---AH HA!!!! So 'your' tuber
weighs 124 lbs.!!!    See, Colonialism was good for SOMETHING!!   Anyone out
there in cyberspace care to find out how long a 'chain' is?   Or how many
hundredweights equal a ton???


J '>>AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! Could anyone tell me what
stones measures up to??????? Gads, I thought you USA'ers were a pain in
converting to Celsius but this one takes the cake....... Stones, can you
believe it? My crusade for the decimal/metric system on this group obviously
is futile........and I have tried SOOOOOOOOOOO hard. This is not going to
work by a mile (did I say "mile"?????).

Lord S. Tony Phalloids

> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: aroid-l@mobot.org [mailto:aroid-l@mobot.org]Namens Scott Hyndman
> Verzonden: maandag 22 april 2002 4:50
> Aan: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
> Onderwerp: FW: Amorpholphallus titanum pollen request
> 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
> successful.
> 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,
> Kew,
> Richmond
> Surrey
> TW9 3AB
> Phone  +44-(0)20 8332-5589
> Mobile +44-(0)7956 360165
> Fax    +44-(0)20 8332-5524

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