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Re: [aroid-l] Dracunculus vulgaris

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Dracunculus vulgaris
  • From: "Peter C Boyce" levieux.jardin@wanadoo.fr
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 18:25:47 +0200

Dear Jim

With the possible exception of the hairy-spathed form Dracunculus vulgaris
is without much doubt one variable species - if you find that hard to
swallow, think of it in terms of human beings; some are tall, some short,
some pale skinned with red hair & green eyes, some pale skinned with white
hair and blue eyes, some dark skinned, some hairy, some less hairy, some
hairless, etc, etc.


----- Original Message -----
From: "James Waddick" <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 4:52 PM
Subject: [aroid-l] Dracunculus vulgaris

> Dear Alan- Your bicolor spathe form and
> Wilbert's All white and
> Peter's detailed report on this genus
> inspired me to write a botanist friend in Turkey and here's
> some comments to share:
> "There are four variants of this plant ...:
> 1. Var. laevigatus Engler: described from Rhodos Island, was distinguished
> by its smooth spadix and absence of sterile flowers; similar forms occur
> Europe.
> 2. Var. elongatus Engler: seems to represent the upper limit of variation
> spathe length.
> 3. Var. ??? (can be considered so): is noteworthy in having both spathe
> spadix densely covered in very short white hair-like processes from
> Çanakkale, (Kirk 1856).
> 4. Var. ??? (can be considered so): a similar but much less dense
> occurs on another specimen from the same area Assos in Çanakkale, (Sint.
> 1883:813).
> It appears that it is not a pure species, but with many
> conspecific taxa. This can be also be justified from its wide
> occurrence in almost 1/3rd of
> Turkey."
> I don't know if these varietal names are valid, but I'll try
> to send him out to Canakkale next spring to take pics and maybe
> collect seed.
> Now about those white flowered Cretan plants. Can't some S.
> European aroider just run by and collect seed which should be ripe
> now? It is so close.
> Best Jim W.
> --
> Dr. James W. Waddick
> 8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
> Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
> Ph.    816-746-1949
> E-fax  419-781-8594
> Zone 5 Record low -23F
> Summer 100F +

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