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Re: [aroid-l] amorphophallus and mockingbirds]

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] amorphophallus and mockingbirds]
  • From: "Alan Galloway" alan_galloway@bellsouth.net
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 08:49:39 -0400

Subject:  Re: [aroid-l] amorphophallus
> and mockingbirds
>       Date:  Sun, 20 Jul 2003 09:30:38 -0400
>       From:  Tom and Ann Kline <TomAnnKline@worldnet.att.net>
>       Reply-To:  TomAnnKline@worldnet.att.net
>       To:  aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
>       References:  <000e01c34df7$910b3ec0$6701a8c0@plantd>
> Petra,  Any stalk with nice lusciously colored berries is subject to
> attention not only by the mockingbirds but by the cat birds was well.  I
> seldom see any fully ripe berries on my Arum italicum, A. maculatum,
> Arisaema triphyllum or A. dracontium not to mention any other aroid that
> might set seed in my garden.  The birds keep watch and don't allow any
> other  of their feather friends around until all of the berries are gone
> and they do the same for Mahonia bealii and other edible berries. If I
> were to allow my more exotic arisaemas to set seed I am sure that they
> would do the same for them now that they have discovered how good they
> are to eat. My numerous amorphophallus in the garden have been there for
> at least ten years but never get big enough to flower.  Should I be
> interested in seeds I would cover each seed head with a knee high hose
> as soon as the berries are good sized.
> Ann Kline
> Falls Church, Virginia  USDA Zone 7,  AHS Heat Zone  7
> Petra Schmidt wrote:
> >I have to tell you that I just watched a mockingbird pick off an orange,
> not
> >quite ripe, amorph. konjac berry and fly off...the infructescence has
> >of berries missing, a few lying on the ground below the plants there, but
> >now I'm wondering if this bird has been coming by and sampling these
> >berries?  Anyone else witness birds eating amorph berries?
> >Petra

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