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Re: Philodendron self-seeding

  • Subject: Re: Philodendron self-seeding
  • From: <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 11:41:44 +0000

Dear Don,

Most interesting!  We had a report of this recently from Australia (same species!), and I asked that our mates ''down under'' keep an eye open for any possible pollinators down there.
A couple of notes---we do have in Florida a species of Cyclocephala, the same genus of beetle which pollinates aroids in the wilds of South America.   They are small, light brown with darker spots, and swarm to lights here in summer.   This is a possibility. 
I am also faced with trying to solve the puzzle of pollination of huge adult Montrichardia linnifera (ex: Trinidad) planted near the edge of the Everglades here in Palm Beach County!
All I can add is that Mother Nature always seems to find a way for reproduction to take place!

The Best,


From: donbit121@hotmail.com
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2009 21:30:42 -0400
Subject: [Aroid-l] Philodendron self-seeding

Dear All,
    Has anyone heard of any philodendron setting seed on its own in cultivation outside of it's native range? I have a friend who collected a ripe infructesence from philo stenolobum, the wide leaf form, this summer. he has not done any hand pollinating on philo. before, and I explained that it is not always successful even when done right. I have given him seeds of stenolobum and speciosum before, and he said his looked just like those.
    I have never seen any pollinators here in florida on philo flowers, but there must be something that helped this one set seed. any comments?
Don Bittel

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