RE: [Aroid-l] Amorph. cross
At 01:41 PM 1/21/2006, Wilbert Hetterscheid wrote:
I wouldn't hold my
breath here: Amorphophallus bulbifer is a triploid (3n = 39) and could
never ever produce fertile offspring of interspecific hybrid origin. It
always sets purely apomictic seeds (without any pollination) and produces
"offspring" identical to the mother plant. you know,
when plants behave like this, it makes a regular person HUMBLE.
When critters reproduce by making more of themselves without
intervention, it is like, oh, call it DIVINE. I understand
that frogs do this, which led to some interesting turns of plot in
JURASSIC PARK, the worst movie of the Modern Era. but when I read the
book and the dumb scientist said, oh we used some Rana DNA because our
Tyrannosaurus rex DNA was a little broken, I ALREADY KNEW THE WHOLE
I am sorry, but I am
not buying a ticket to see 100 bulbifer clones..........
Sorry to disappoint
Polyploidy is one of my favourite things.
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