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Stinking seeds


Jonathan,

Never noticed that smell you describe for Amorphophallus seeds but also
never ever did try to smell that. Amorphs do seem to exploit a typical
bird-disperion syndrome with conspicuously coloured berries. Beats me why
after disperion and leaving the bird cloaca, a certain smell would be
necessary.

Wilbert

----- Original Message -----
From: Jonathan Ertelt <jonathan.ertelt@vanderbilt.edu>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: donderdag 15 juni 2000 0:03
Subject: Re: Wilbert Hetterscheid admiration society?


> No, there was no subject heading exactly like that, but pretty close I
> think.  In any case, I thought that I should mention in regard to crushed
> boxes and their contents that four of the crushed, no, only one was
> _crushed_, these were just severely flattened seeds of Amorphophallus
> muelleri seed I received, that I went ahead and stuck in the ground, all
> have now come up and some are showing a second leaf.  The leaves are
> wonderful, with the white silver edging.
>
> BTW, did anyone know that the seeds of this species at least, are also
> quite odorific - not just the inflorescence!  Now why would a plant
produce
> seeds that stink?  Considerate animals that would scrape some dirt over it
> out of habit?  Dung beetle invitation in order to get the seed germinating
> in some really rich medium?  Any thoughts?
>
> Thank you sir.
>
> Jonathan
>
> Jonathan Ertelt
> Greenhouse Manager
> Vanderbilt University Biology Department
> Box 1812, Sta. B
> Nashville, TN  37235
> (615) 322-4054
>
>
>
>







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