Re: Philodendron sagittifolium at female anthesis!
- Subject: Re: Philodendron sagittifolium at female anthesis!
- From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
- Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 23:20:47 -0500
Steve: I commented on the dots before
seeing the pictures. I thought you were talking about he dots on the petioles.
The dots on the spadix are from an accumulation of resin. The resin gets on the
beetles and makes them sticky so that when they leave they can carry away the
pollen which otherwise won’t stick to their bodies.
firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 10:01
Subject: [Aroid-l] Philodendron
sagittifolium at female anthesis!
Someone tell me what is happening!
This spathe of Philodendron
sagittifolium opened this morning. There is a second
right beside it opening tonight. These photos were taken at 9:30PM local
time. There is a slight smell of mint to the pheromone and if your hand
is in front of the spathe, but not touching, you can feel the thermogenetic
heat. The red dots were not there this afternoon, but are clearly visible
now. I have no idea what these are! Julius, Leland, Dr. Croat,
anyone who knows! What are these, what is the purpose? Obviously no
female flowers appear evident yet but I'll likely be up much of the night!
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