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Re: [aroid-l] konjac flowers and roots

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] konjac flowers and roots
  • From: Nathan Lange <nelange@concentric.net>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 13:27:09 -0800


Michael,


Yes, they will indeed form fruit and viable seed without roots. The bulbs whose flowers you pollinated will not produce leaves this summer and will significantly shrivel as their energy reserves are used to produce fruit.

Nathan Lange


At 11:43 AM 2/23/2004 -0500, you wrote:
Question for you all:

I know that Amorphphalus konjac flowers without soil simply sitting on
a bench.

But... if you successfully pollinate it does it form fruit and viable
seed without a root system?

just curious since I think I successfully made some "intercultivar"
crosses.

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