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Re: Plants The sixth sense

  • Subject: Re: Plants The sixth sense
  • From: Paul Tyerman <ptyerman@ozemail.com.au>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 09:02:06 -0600 (CST)

>The ones with nodules of wrong color/shape got eaten by the predators
>before they managed to set seed, and aren't seen much any more....

Howdy KK,

I realise that should be the way it works, but why sprout those nodules in
the first place?  If they do sprout them, why colour them differently to
the stem?  Allowing for this all to be entirely coincidental it must mean
that just about every possible variation of a plant has existed at some
point in time to be able to reproduce itself.  

I think it is highly unlikely that ANY permutation of an Amorphophallus
(for example) is going to head in the direction of looking like the fly
that pollinates it, regardless of how many million years you leave it.  So
why does a particular orchid look so much like it's pollinator to the point
that you can mistakenly at a first glance think that it is a wasp sitting
on the flower, rather than it being the flower itself?  What made the
orchid head in that direction in the first place?

Personally, I think it is just interesting to discuss the options.  It just
seems so odd for such specialised items to appear naturally without any
awareness of surroundings.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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