hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

Re: blue anthuriums

  • Subject: Re: blue anthuriums
  • From: Corey W <cewickliffe@gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:37:21 -0500

I doubt it's the pigment that's rare, just it's _expression_ WITHOUT the _expression_ of others to get in the way/mix with that is rare/uncommon. Blue animals are rare in the animal kingdom, but it's more that it's always mixed with stuff and rarely seen only by itself and over a majority of an animal - even in aposematic animals! It probably runs more rampant in some groups and other groups may lack the ability entirely (like our lovely Anthuriums? Do they make purples?).

Another thing to think about is pollinators for plants... they often pic their colors with purpose to visually capture the attention of those they want. Who is attracted to the strong blue spectrum more than other spectrums?


On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 1:16 AM, Hannon <othonna@gmail.com> wrote:
I would not say truly blue flowers are generally "rare" but a majority of horticulturally well-known, conspicuous groups seem to lack them entirely, such as roses, begonias, day lilies, zinnias, cannas, etc. I think this heightens the impression that blue is a scarce pigment in flowers. 

I'll add a few more that strike me as uber blue: Meconopsis betonicifolia, Anagallis monelli, Clitoria ternatea, Ceratostigma, Cynoglossum, Zephyra. Maybe Hydrangea, too?

Aroid-L mailing list

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement