Re: Apology for off topic ID request, but one aroid question.
- Subject: Re: Apology for off topic ID request, but one aroid question.
- From: "John Criswick" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:33:33 -0400
Title: Apology for off topic ID request, but one aroid question.
Looks quite a lot like
common old Barleria cristata, which could well escape from or persist after
Behalf Of Don Martinson
Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Subject: [Aroid-l] Apology for off
topic ID request, but one aroid question.
I apologize for this off topic ID
request, but I recently returned from west coast of Costa Rica and photographed the
plant in the SECOND photo shown on the link given below. It was just growing by
the side of the road and did not appear to be part of any man-made landscaping
as there was no human habitation nearby, although it certainly could have
“escaped”. I have tried some of my local “lists’
but with no luck and I know that many of our members are well versed in
tropical taxonomy beyond our beloved aroids.
The shrub was about 1 meter by 1 meter and the zygomorphic flowers, in terminal
clusters at the end of the branches, were perhaps 2 cm across. Any
(remember, the 2nd photo)
And just to give this post a hint of aroid content, I was in the Cabo Blanco
Reserve at the tip of the Nicoya
Peninsula. It was
November and the last month of their rainy season. I thought I might see
more aroids in flower or fruit, but did not. I know there is no
good generalization, but how might an alternating wet/dry season effect aroid
flowering and fruit set (if any). I’m thinking that a plant might
want its’ seed to mature during the wet season to give optimal conditions
for germination. Is this too much of a generalization?
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