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Re: Some Botanical Fun

  • Subject: Re: Some Botanical Fun
  • From: Tindomul Er-Murazor <tindomul1of9@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 06:31:57 -0700 (PDT)

Thank you for the link.  Their hypothesis seems plausible, but many times odors are put out to attract a certain sex of an insect species, where the males believe they are detecting the phermones of a female of their species and attempt to copulate with the flower "Pseudocopulation".  I think it would be interesting to find out if the males leave because the flower changes its odor output or because the male realizes his error and then leaves.
Also, has anyone observed this in Amorphophallus or Symplocarpus? where pollinators leave the plant because they are repelled by it?  On the other hand, there would be no reason to leave an aroid as most aroids carry both male and female flowers at different times and it would be advantageous to them to keep the insects on them at all times.  Some even go as far as capturing their pollinators.

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