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Re: Amorphophallus Chlorophyll missing?

  • Subject: Re: Amorphophallus Chlorophyll missing?
  • From: Scott Hyndman <hyndman@aroid.org>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:22:24 -0400

Hi Neil,

Your achlorophyllous Amorphophallus titanum seedling is an albino,  
commonly occurring in Amorphophallus seedlings, as well as in most  
other aroids, due to inbreeding depression.  Unfortunately, the  
seedling will die once it has depleted the stored food in its seed.   
However, it is possible to keep albino plants alive in tissue culture  
by heterotrophically providing them with the carbohydrates they  
cannot produce themselves via photosynthesis.

Regards, Scott

On Apr 18, 2010, at 2:33 PM, Neil Gordon wrote:

> Ive got a new batch of Amorph. Titanum seeds on the go, but one of  
> them seems to be missing the green bit most plants figure out early  
> in life.
> Its had the same light levels as the others, grown in the same  
> place, not the biggest and not the smallest, nor the first or last  
> in its batch to open a leaf.
> Its just not going green (like the one behind it which hasnt opened  
> its first leaf properly yet.)
> Anyone got any clues, will it die, or will it keep growing in this  
> mutated colour?
> Thanks
> Neil
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