Re: Philodendrons produce infrared light???
- Subject: Re: Philodendrons produce infrared light???
- From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
- Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 17:44:59 -0500
There is a rather complete
discussion of pollination in Philodendron in my revision of Philodendron for Central America.
firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 3:54 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Philodendrons
produce infrared light???
There is a guy on UBC which is one of the sites I often answer
questions about aroids insisting his Philodendron
bipennidifidum is producing infrared light as a result of the
spadix going through male and female anthesis. I've tried to explain the
process as I've learned it from Dr. Croat and Julius including insect
pollinators and how they are attracted to the plant as a result of
pheromones. I now am receiving private male from others saying they think
he is onto something. It is obvious from his "strange science"
he knows nothing about aroids. He had no idea what pollen even was, yet
he described it as a purely personal observation. His theory is the heat
produced by the spadix is a result of infrared light and he appears to have no understanding
of thermogenesis. Will any of you please let me know if such a thing is
I've read of nothing close to this in any of the published material in my
library. I am checking Simon Mayo,
J. Bogner and Pete Boyce's book right now, so if any of you know of
something I don't know, please put me on the right track.
And by the way, Julius, you sent me a great explanation of how Philodendron species reproduce. I
can't find that anywhere! I would have sworn I added it to my website but
can't find it now! If you have
that at hand, please send it to me and also publish it here.
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