This doesn't only happen in Africa. Z. aethiopica
is in full flower here now, not minding the light frosts. Our native
"Tree Frogs", what I believe to be Litoria caerula (only mine have black stripes
surrounded in white that I have never seen in photos of the species) turn
from lime green to a chalky white whether nestled in a Zant spathe or
climbing the stuccoed walls of my house.
I guess they are lying in wait to gobble up the
first pollenator to visit the spadix. It's hard to imagine these litttle 5 cm.
frogs eating the Yellow Jacket wasps that are the main pollenators here, but
either that, or they just hang in there for the occasisional fly or gnat during
Also, really enjoyed the last IAS newsletter.
After spending most of my adult life travelling for an oil company, I like good
writing that makes me feel like I wuz there without ever! getting on a plane
USDA Zone 7b NE TX
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 11:18
Subject: [Aroid-l] Arum lily (reed)
Does anyone on the list know of references,
reprints of articles, or research on the relationship of the Arum lily (reed)
frog, Hyperolius horstocki, and the arum lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica? This tiny frog (I believe endemic to South African Fynbos)
inhabits the inflorescence of the Arum lily and can change its color to match
its background inside the Arum lily for camoflauge. Beyond that I am having
difficulty locating much information on this cool little creature, and would
like to know more if anyone has experience with it.
Thanks for your help,
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