Re: Orontium aquaticum
From: StellrJ@aol.com <StellrJ@aol.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <email@example.com>
Date: Friday, March 03, 2000 11:39 PM
Subject: Orontium aquaticum
>From what I remember from when I grew this beautiful and rewarding aroid,
the fruit develop quickly during the summer and fall off in late summer to
float and quickly germinate while floating in water.
My last attempt to send this message disappeared into the void, so I am
trying again, and have updated it. I just wanted to make a brief report. I
am in Georgia for a few months, and have found Orontium aquaticum common
in Okefenokee. I was surprised to see every plant in bloom, since most
plants are dormant right now.
In the Suwanee Canal, they grow as emergent aquatics, under a Cyrilla
racemiflora canopy with some bald-cypress. Regular "house fly" type flies
are the apparent pollinators. On the Chesser "Prairie," actually a shallow
lake, they also grow as energent aquatics, and are one of three codominant
species, the other two being Nymphaea sp. and Utricularia sp. I was unable
to see the pollinator here.
Since I will be in Okefenokee several times over these next months, I
will continue watching the plants; hopefully, I will see at least the
beginning of fruit development. How long does it generally take?