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Re: Amorphophallus hybridization

  • Subject: Re: Amorphophallus hybridization
  • From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@worldonline.nl>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 22:16:23 -0500 (CDT)

I like the mention of "degrading"..... isn't that what happens anyway with
plants in ANY collection? I always wonder how botanical gardens can honestly
claim that they "help maintaining biodiversity" whereas their collections
are WAY to varied to maintain active populations of any one species. Right,
NOW I've done it.................!!!


----- Original Message -----
From: Jay Vannini <interbnk@terra.com.gt>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: donderdag 21 juni 2001 5:25
Subject: Amorphophallus hybridization

> 'Noches:
> Huh????
> I too, stand completely with Ron I. and Don Wilbert on this.
> Jeez - isn't multiple flowering of A. titanium still s'posed to be
> edge" botanical garden horticulture? I recall seeing that there is pollen
> being shared between collections, etc. but howzbout "amplifying" the
> base of these things (i.e. get seed from other populations) before running
> off and degrading them in a haphazard manner? What is the current status
> wild populations of A. titanium? Is it common/well represented in Sumatran
> NP's? Who's running the "studbook" on cultivated plants? And BTW - do we
> really know the source and identity of the "other" parents in these
> crosses?. My vision blurs when I see (yet) another bloody "konjac" post on
> aroid-L, but it seems to me that our friend across the pond and Don Julio
> Boos are continually correcting people's ID tags on their pet
> Amorphophallus.
> I own and enjoy a number of hybrid plants, even though I readily admit to
> being an unabashed "species snob". Clearly, hybrids of any type have many
> merits.  But if, indeed, Amorphophallus titanium primary hybrids are to be
> tomorrow's "$ 5.99 special" at your neighborhood Home Depot, for
> at least line breed and outcross the buggers before hybridizing them with
> "sp?".
> Hasta Luego,
> Jay

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