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Re: [aroid-l] Leaflet variability in Amorphophallus konjac?

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Leaflet variability in Amorphophallus konjac?
  • From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo@msn.com
  • Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 19:02:38 -0400
  • Seal-send-time: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 19:02:39 -0400

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: ken@spatulacity.com 
  To: Aroid list 
  Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 11:52 AM
  Subject: [aroid-l] Leaflet variability in Amorphophallus konjac?

  Dear Ken,

  I am not an Amorphophallus grower, but think that you will find a LOT of variability in not only A. konjac leaflets, but this species as a whole.
     Many years ago when this list was done by snail mail, Fanny Phillips described her collection of A. konjac, she had dwarfs that bloomed small blooms the size of a white rat (photo was supplied), and  giants whose bloom towered above her 6' tall husband, my friend Craig.  There also was every color of petiole you could imagine, so you are in for many surprises as you obtain other clones from other sources.   They are cool-growing clones, and a rarer hot-loving clone of this same species.
  I`ll address Michael`s letter here, he points out the vast variability within a group of plants from multiple offsets taken from the same 'mother',  I keep saying you can observe super-fast 'evolution' at work in Aroids!

  Good Growing,


  >>Have list members noticed much variability in the shape of Amorphophallus
  konjac leaflets?  I got a handful of offsets from a friend, which looked
  like konjac (I saw the mother corm) and tossed them in with mine. Now I have
  a bunch of plants with significantly rounded leaflets compared with the
  konjacs they're growing with. They're so different that I can easily spot
  them amongst the 50+ offsets that I grew this year.

  My friend's corm flowered this spring. I've asked him to describe it and I
  gave him a link to the konjac page on aroid.org. He's not an aroider by
  nature and acquired the corm randomly from someone in the cactus club, I

  Thanks in advance,
  Ken Mosher

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