Re: Lesser amorphophalli, corms vs. tubers, etc.

I suggest that everyone with seedlings they find interesting and will
propagate vegetatively to maintain character GIVE them a cultivar name and
register the name so the future does not bring a mess when it comes to
commercial offerings of these new types.  Just a suggestion.

At 08:37 AM 7/9/98 -0500, you wrote:
>On Jul 8, 10:59am, Steve Marak wrote:
>> Subject: Lesser amorphophalli, corms vs. tubers, etc.
>> Re Amorph. konjac ... Dewey, you mentioned Fanny Phillips in one of your
>> notes. Does she still grow the "giant" and "dwarf" forms of konjac that
>> she had, and have these proven consistent in their growth and flowering?
>> I've always been curious as to whether these were genetic or
>> environmental, since aroids seem willing to flower small when happy.
>Last year I had one of my konjacs to set seed and this year I have about
>150 seedlings and at this stage there is quite a bit of diversity in this
>batch of seedlings.  There appears to be some dwarfs, some giants, some
>pink-petioled, some red-petioled, and even a couple with twisted leaves.
>I would definitely agree that these variances are due to genetics.
>It appears that I have been successful in getting one of my paeoniifolius
>to set seed this year -- I should be able to collect a few hundred seed
>later this year.  It will interesting to see if this batch of paeoniifolius
>seed will give any variant forms.
>> Dewey, is your marvelous parvulus the same one I am growing, i.e. the one
>> that is something else very similar, or a true parvulus? On returning
>> home, I noticed that my plant, apparently in envy of yours, has now
>> started several more petioles. The effect of about 5 petioles with that
>> remarkable coloration is very beautiful.
>"Marvelous parvulus" or whatever name this plant will end up having is
>one of the prettier Amophophallus.  I shared a piece of this with Dewey
>sometime ago.  I received my original tuber from another list member
>simply labeled as "Red Leaf".  At one time there was a photo of this
>plant on the IAS ID site and it was temporarily identified as A. parvulus,
>but I think that plant was back into the "not sure" category.
>I highly suspect that this is the same plant that you are growing.
>> What can you Amorph. experts tell me about "Leo Song #1" and "Leo Song
>> #2"? I was given these during my travels, and know nothing about them
>> except that LS #2 may be a white-stemmed konjac. Will someone enlighten
>> me, please?
>Some years ago I received some of these "Leo Song" tubers and I have been
>sharing them each year, so you may have the same ones that I have.  If I
>am not mistaken, Wilbert did say that LS #2 was a white-stemmed konjac
>from Kinabalu.
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