I forgot to answer your question about relevent literature on
thermogenesis. My student Jane Whitehill has written an excellent
review paper on this subject which will be published in our special aroid
edition of the Monographs in Systematic Botany of the Missouri
Botanical Garden, hopefully sometime this year. Perhaps in the
meantime she could suggest to you some of the better articles on the
On 22 May 00, at 11:47, Chris Tyrell wrote:
Date sent: Mon, 22 May 2000 11:47:00 -0800
From: Chris Tyrell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copies to: Dwight Koss <email@example.com>
Hello Mr. Croat,
I got your name from the staff of the LA County Arboretum to whom I had
posed a question. I am not a knowledgeable plant person, I am a lay admirer
of the floral world, that's all. I love to go to gardens.
While in LA, behind a friend's hotel, I saw a huge split-leaf philadendron
(monstrosa?) which had numerous "pods" with points at the top of a growing
shoot. Our of one protruded a long, white, smooth and fleshy thing - a huge
vcersion of that thing that sticks out of antheriums (?). Happily, I was
motivated to touch it, and to my amazement it was HOT!!!
The staff at the arboretum told me I might be able to find out from you how
that plant produces the heat and why. Is there something a lay person could
read about heat production in arcacaea?