Re: New photo
I have seen thousands of mutations during my twenty year career in plant
tissue culture, but the Amorphophallus in this image is by far the most
spectacular mutation I have ever seen, or heard of, if it is truly a
mutated plant out of tissue culture. I think it is much more likely an
escaped or introduced Am. pendulus. As to the exact identification of the
specimen, I will defer to Wilbert's judgment.
I know that Ron Gagliardo and the other staff at the Atlanta Botanical
Gardens do seem to make miracles happen with their very competent
horticulture and tissue culture, but I seriously doubt that the origin of
the plant to be from a mutated culture. Regardless, the image is of a fine
looking aroid, and I will be interested in getting a plant after they
become available from Ron's competent cloning efforts.
Mr. Scott E. Hyndman
Winter Park, Florida
Richard Mansell wrote:
> Greetings: I received this message from Ron Gagliardo at the Atlanta
> Botanical Garden. The address for the photo is:
> This plant appeared in a batch of Amorphophallus planted out from our
> lab in Oct. 97. At that time, we had 5 species in culture, A.
> curvistilus, gigas, knojac, titanum and variabilis. Some of these other
> species are seen in the background. This particular one is most likely
> a mutant of A. konjac, but we can't be 100 % sure because when it came
> up in the greenhouse, it was among the tc plants, but without a label.
> It does look like A. pendulus in the Aroideana photo, but we have never
> had A. pendulus at ABG and of course, never had it in tissue culture.
> So, that's the story. Of course, we plan to put this clone back in
> tissue culture and hope it comes true.
> He thought you might be interested in seeing the plant.
> Richard L. Mansell Phone: H(813) 961-7072
> Biology Department, LIF 136 W(813) 974-1588
> University of South Florida Fax: (813) 974-1614
> Tampa, FL 33620
> Home: 13508 Little Lake Place, Tampa, FL 33613-4134
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