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Re: [aroid-l] colorful leaves or spathe of some other inflorescence?

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] colorful leaves or spathe of some other inflorescence?
  • From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo@msn.com
  • Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 18:18:13 -0500
  • Seal-send-time: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 18:18:23 -0500

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Alan Galloway 
  To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu 
  Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 4:15 PM
  Subject: Re: [aroid-l] colorful leaves or spathe of some other inflorescence?

  Dear Les and Alan,

  Just another thought---a group of these plants sprayed w/ that gibb-whatever acid to promote them all blooming at the same time???   I have seen the acid do this to leaves in Spaths, turning some leaves partially white and smaller than the regular leaves.   
  To the other gentleman who commented on the 'pseudo-spathes', I believe you are correct, as spathes are nothing more than modified foliar leaves.    In the genus Xanthosoma some species do put up a special, lanceolate-shaped leaf just before blooming, it is quite different from the hastate or sagittate leaves of the specie involved.

  Just my two cents!!


  I purchased this Calla last year....See:
  for what it looks like for me.  My plant does not have the purple
  stems like the Park's picture.

  As for the leaves that also have the flower color in them...... I have seen
  Calla lilies send up deformed spathes that were more leaf than flower.
  So I would say the folks at Park's Seed Co. probably have a field
  full of this species and they just picked a few deformed leaves to
  add to the vase of flowers to make a more tempting picture.

  Just my 2 cents worth,

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: "Lester Kallus" <lkallus@earthlink.net>
  To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
  Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 3:01 PM
  Subject: [aroid-l] colorful leaves or spathe of some other inflorescence?

  > The Park Seed catalog is offering a black Calla lily.  I looked at the
  photo and am more interested in the leaves placed around the flowers than in
  the flowers themselves.
  > These can't be the leaves from this Calla - so what are they?
  >          Les

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