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Re: Holes in foliage


Well If memory serves me correctly, from watching 'The Secret Life of Plants' with Sir Richard Attenborough....which I trust EVERYONE has seen at least twice...while in the South American Selva or Jungle, I seem to remember  he explains this all too simply...exactly what everyone has mentioned...the early leaves have no holes to allow more photosynthesis, but as the plant climbs, the wind and water level during rainy season can shred foliage and so by allowing excess to pass through the plant retains enough foliage for photosynthesis yes allows the foliage to bend and sway in a deluge or windstorm.
 
Mr. Kyle Fletcher Baker, MCN
Maine Zone 5

From: Sheldon Hatheway <sfhatheway@yahoo.com>
To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Holes

Interesting question!  Could the holes (aren't they called fenestrations or some other big word?) possibly protect the foliage by reducing the amount of wind resistance (and possible damage) on the blade surface?

Sheldon


From: John <criswick@spiceisle.com>
To: 'Discussion of aroids' <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Friday, February 24, 2012 4:55 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Holes

Can anyone say what might be the biological purpose of leaves with holes in them?  A typical example would be Monstera deliciosa.
 
John.







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