- Subject: Re: Chirality
- From: Alistair Hay <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:00:13 +1100
It is presumably related to the direction of the phyllotactic spiral of the whole shoot. It is perhaps the same phenomenon as the scars on the trunks of Philodendron Sect. Meconostigma, which are shaped either like fat '6's or fat 'd's.
> Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:59:25 -0500
> From: Thomas.Croat@mobot.org
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Chirality
> Dear Ted:
> I was once convinced that the direction of opening was important but a
> big survey we did with the way leaves opened proved that this appears to
> be perhaps totally at random.
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Theodore Held
> Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 12:46 PM
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> Subject: [Aroid-l] Chirality
> Dear List,
> Attached here (with luck) is a picture I made of a pair of blooms from
> a Cryptocoryne griffithi (identity confirmed by Peter Boyce at the
> recent IAS show). What's interesting to me is that the outer spathe
> tip (called the flag for Crypts) of the plants twists to the left for
> one and to the right for the other. These plants are vegetative kin.
> I have also seen the pairing of left-handed and right-handed
> inflorescences on Cryptocoryne pontederifolia.
> Has anyone ever noticed mirror-image flower forms like this with any
> other aroids? In chemistry differences involving only mirror images
> are referred to as chiral isomers and originate with subtle
> molecular-level geometry. In normal life this is called "handedness."
> In a plant bloom, the differences may display as macroscopic
> phenomena, but likely originate with early development, also perhaps
> on a molecular level.
> Please enlighten me if anyone knows about this oddity.
> Ted Held.
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