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Re: [aroid-l] Dracunculus "white form"

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Dracunculus "white form"
  • From: "Alan Galloway" alan_galloway@ncsu.edu
  • Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 08:23:44 -0500

I'm glad that you found this info in the archives, as I had planned to
search for this info.  Like you, I also received some of these seed.
If I'm not mistaken, theses seed were dispersed by Mr. Nick
Turland.  Perhaps he could comment if he is still on the list.
I did have good germination and still have 5 tubers growing in the
garden.  I'm hoping that 1 or 2 of them may bloom this spring.  The
petioles are much lighter in color than the normal form, although I
don't know if this could be indicative of flower color.

> I finally had a moment to go back through old disk files ... in 1994, a
> then-member of Aroid-L was able to distribute some wild-collected D.
> vulgaris seed from Crete (along with Arum purpureospathum). He sent quite
> a large amount, collected from a number of populations. Some populations
> were, or had plants of, the color variants. The seed was a mix of what was
> available, since of course at seed time he didn't know for sure what
> plants were of the unusual forms.
> I personally didn't get great germination from them, and none of the
> surviving plants appear to be anything but the ordinary form - about the
> same as the "heirloom" plants I already had. Has anyone else had better
> luck with them?
> Below is a paragraph he posted at the time about them:
> "I know of a healthy population in S. central Crete in the S.-facing mouth
> of a large limestone gorge. Here the Dracunculus grows among small trees
> and on stony, almost scree-like limestone slopes at about 500 m altitude.
> These are hot, Mediterranean conditions. Some plants have the normal dark
> purple spathe and spadix, whereas others have an entirely creamy white
> spathe but the normal dark purple spadix. The odd few are intermediates
> with mottled spathes and orangey spadices. I saw these in flower in April
> 1989 and later collected seeds in July 1994. Subsequently, these seeds
> were distributed among various subscribers to Aroid-L (together with Arum
> purpureospathum, also from Crete), and news of their progress appears from
> time to time (any more news?). Unfortunately, I do not know of a
> commercial source for the white form."
> Steve

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