RE: New photo
I had a look at Ron's picture and the mystery mutant IS A. pendulus, or
(but I doubt this) a specimen of an as yet undescribed new species from
Sabah, that has a leaf similar to that of pendulus but a rather
different inflorescence. I guess that Ron may have been tissue-culturing
with a wrongly labelled plant. Having said that, this is a very exciting
result, since pendulus is certainly one of the most bitchy species to
grow. If it behaves well in tissue culture experiments, we may build up
stock and start experimenting with the best cultivation circumstances.
> 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
> species are seen in the background. This particular one is most
> 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
> 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
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