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[aroid-l] A good year for Arum

  • Subject: [aroid-l] A good year for Arum
  • From: "Petra Schmidt" petra@plantdelights.com
  • Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 15:11:15 -0400

It's been a good spring for arums in bloom here (elongatum, euxinum,
orientale, balansanum, dioscorides, italicum) but it's been a gruesome sight
in cutting off the spathe to witness the carnage of pollinators in the base
of the spathe...what wild parties they must have down there!  I've learned
to literally shake out the inflorescence while out of doors before taking
the inflorescence back inside to my desk...still, some hang on and come
crawling out like drunken sailors when the spathe is removed, but most
feature molding corpses in 10 insect-bodies-deep layers.  On the other hand,
the shapes and colors of the pistillodes/staminodes are rather nice, like
underwater sea creatures...the mysteries of what lies inside the arum spathe

Petra Schmidt
Research Manager
Juniper Level Botanic Gardens @ Plant Delights Nursery
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC 27603-9326 USA

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