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RE: [Aroid-l] Anthurium fruiting

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Anthurium fruiting
  • From: "Denis Rotolante" denis@skg.com
  • Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 16:19:27 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

No apparent pattern? Try counting the number of seed per berry, the
relative size of seeds in each berry and whether the has fruit has seed
or just chaff. These factors can vary between fruits on same
infructescence. It may not be as random as you think. Something is
obviously controlling the ripening hormones in each fruit/berry. Some of
the pattern may be random but not all of the ripening.

Silver Krome Gardens

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Derek Burch
Sent: Monday, December 26, 2005 10:10 AM
To: 'Discussion of aroids'
Subject: [Aroid-l] Anthurium fruiting

One of my large birdsnest anthuriums that has not fruited before is now
giving me a beautiful mass of bright scarlet fruit. I am curious about a
phenomenon which I have seen before on other big birdsnest species, that
is that as the fruits ripen they sooner or later pop out of the matrix
of the spadix and hang on a short thread. How widespread is this through
the genus? The shape of the fruit (like a candycorn) makes it very
poppable, and the almost random ripening of the fruits dotted all over
the spadix also makes the popping more likely as the remaining fruit
around any given one swell.

I don't really have questions about this, apart from wondering how
widespread it is, and also why the fruits reach maturity with no
apparent pattern and over such an extended period, but would welcome
anyone's observations or comments.

Idle thoughts for an idle day. Best wishes to everyone.


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