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Re: [Aroid-l] Pollination in KY

From : 	Brian Williams <pugturd@alltel.net>
Reply-To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : 	Thursday, July 12, 2007 1:40 AM
To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Subject : 	[Aroid-l] Pollination in KY

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Dear Brian,

Thanks for sharing the info. and the photos.
The ants were almost certainly feeding on the nectar, in your second photo 
on the R.H. side you can see an ant with its distended abdomen.
My dad who grew Anthuriums always claimed that he thought that ants might be 
one of the pollinators of his plants, all of his plants were A. 
andreanum-type hybrids, by the way.

Good Growing.


>>I went into one of the greenhouses today and saw that some large birdsnest 
>>Anthuriums were in flower today. I then noticed they were completely 
>>covered in ants. I figure they were after the sugary sap that the flowers 
>>produce but at the time never really saw any sap. I then noticed them on 
>>another flower with pollen dropping. I took some close up photos to try 
>>and see exactly what they were after. I thought I would share with the 




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