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Re: The Spathe

  • Subject: Re: The Spathe
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@email.msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2001 00:08:53 -0600 (CST)

----- Original Message -----
From: <StellrJ@aol.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2001 1:36 PM
Subject: The Spathe

Dear Jason,

I have also read in scientific literature while describing the palms where
the large hard structure surrounding/attending the flowers is refered to as
the spathe.

Good luck,



We know the aroid spathe is unique in the plant kingdom, although there are
possible precursors in the subtending bracts of certain Cyclanthaceae and
Arecaceae, indeed a number of monocot taxa.  But, I have been thinking
lately about whether there are analogous or precursory structures in the
dicots: the genera Davidia and Tilia come to mind.  Both these genera have
bracts subtending the inflorescence, which differ greatly from the leaves;
and in Davidia, these are the showy part of the inflorescence.  The question
is, can these bracts be in any way compared with the aroid spathe?

Jason Hernandez

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