The "fiend" writes -
Sue, still don't have any of those Gonadotopons in my yard, none dropped
there. That species then may have truly supernatural abilities to spread.
A thought on bulblet production and the particular success of digging
around or rototilling in propagating and increasing numbers of some of
these bulbous species:
it would seem to me that they would be excellent food for certain rooting
herbivores such as wild hogs. These may dig up the large bulbs which would
have developed an evolutionary strategy to then disseminate bulblets over a
From: "Susan Cooper" <SCooper@cooperpower.com>@mobot.org on 08/03/2000
Subject: Re: Sauromatum
Ah, thank you, Dewey! Although my zone 5 isn't friendly to escaped aroids,
you never know. Maybe my raspberries and strawberries can do battle with
it (I think they are determined to take over the world- both grow faster
than kudzu). The plant in question is in a little pot now, and I'll keep
an eye on it....
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Carefull, you might have Gonatopus! No, that is not a sexually transmitted
disease... just one hell of a pest in the garden if it escapes... The
'bump' in the stem is the clue....
>I'm reposting this message as my original came through blank.
>Warning to all about our fiend, oops, I mean friend Bonaventure. I asked
>him for a few tubers last year and he sent me about 40!
>One of them looks a little strange. I'll have to take a picture, although
>I have kind of a cruddy camera. The plant appears perfectly happy but has
>a bump or ball about 3 inches up the stem. This is a small plant, only
>about 5-6" (14cm?) so far. The abberation doesn't look like an injury.
>Ah, this is too hard to explain. I'll try to get a picture.
>Take my Sauromatums, please!
>I am looking for a way to eat them. Does anyone have a good recipe,
>I have a real CROP!!!
>Y'all come down to my house with bushel baskets!
>And to think that I fussed and fretted over the first tuber I got.
>Elizabeth, NJ zone 6a