Re: Survival strategies (bulblets)
Yes, I see the attraction between the two - the voodoo lily and the
warthog. But then wait a minute, I like them too !
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Subject: Survival strategies (bulblets)
On Mon, 7 Aug 2000 MAIL13A/SHU%SHU@shu.edu wrote:
> 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
> have developed an evolutionary strategy to then disseminate bulblets over
> wider area.
This was exactly the explanation that Rod and Rachel Saunders of
Silverhill Seeds (South Africa) gave me, when they visited here, for the
incredible numbers of tiny cormlets produced by some of the Drakensberg
irids I grow (tritonia, gladiolus, etc). I don't remember which rooting
herbivores they have there, but it's exactly as Bonaventure says: the
animals eat the large corms and spread the tiny ones around.
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