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Re: Amorphophallus seed id please

  • Subject: Re: Amorphophallus seed id please
  • From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@xs4all.nl>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:50:55 +0100

Seeds in the eburneus-alliance species are all VERY big (eburneus, brachyphyllus, juliae etc.). They germinate all over their surface, intriguing as it is......... 


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Van: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] Namens StroWi@t-online.de
Verzonden: maandag 8 december 2014 11:45
Aan: aroid-L
Onderwerp: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus seed id please

Aroiders, esp. Amorphophallus-experts,

an Italian aroider friend purchased seeds of A. eburneus from malesiana.com.
The seeds are said to be collected by Peter Boyce, so I guess the information and spec is reliable.

After getting the seeds we are puzzled by the size, because we expected the seeds to be smaller from a spec that does not grow that big. We thought that the size would rather be like seeds from hewittii.
They are about the size of a large peanut ( 1 x 3 cm) and even slightly bigger than a batch of titanum I germinate at the moment. (See attached picture)

On the other hand Alan Galloway shows a picture of a seed of a similar size that we got (probably the same batch). http://www4.ncsu.edu/~alan/plants/aroids/amorphophallus/eburneus/1.html
And the picture in the genera list of the aroid.org might suggest that eburneus does not yield a high number of seeds and that they might be indeed so big.

A clear difference between titanum and the purchased eburneues seems to be that the bud in titanum grows rather at the side of the seed while it grows out of the end/tip in eburneus.(see picture)

Would anyone know more about the size of eburneus seeds or if my obsevation about the location of the first bud is right?

Looking forward to any comment....

Happy growing, Bernhard.

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