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Re: RE: RE: [Aroid-l] Wild Titan's ?/YES

  • Subject: Re: RE: RE: [Aroid-l] Wild Titan's ?/YES
  • From: bonaventure@optonline.net
  • Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 01:38:33 +0000 (GMT)
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Thank you Dave,

My intentions were of the more "mad scientist" type. I was hoping there was an excess of pollen, but for my purposes the point is moot anyway. you see I wanted to try to cross titanum with the konjacs that are now taking over my front yard and bloom in spring. 

I have become jaded and am no longer impressed with their 2 foot high inflorescences and 4 foot high and wide leaves. I am though still impressed by their extreme hardiness and reliability of bloom and their powers of vegetative increase and I may be a bit insane in wanting a larger version with possibly cold tolerence plus hybrid vigor to boot.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Horak, David" 
Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 12:02 pm
Subject: RE: RE: [Aroid-l] Wild Titan's ?/YES
To: Discussion of aroids 

> This posed an interesting question for us here at the Garden. Normally
> our collections policy is based on institutional distributions. The
> complexities of international treaties, their interpretation and 
> publicopinion mean that institutions often need to be 
> conservative in their
> actions. While this can mean that distributions of seed, plants
> (including excess plants and divisions) or plant parts may not be
> available to those who might be efficacious at contributing to real
> meaningful conservation efforts-the serious hobbyists-this is not
> uniform in the botanic garden world, but I suspect that it might get
> more so with time. It is probably axiomatic that the more 
> threatened a
> species is, the more difficulties there will be in trying to 
> save it.
> In this instance though, we did save pollen from the recent 
> blooming of
> our A. titanum and because of its relatively short viability, are
> willing to possibly make it available to both institutions and the
> serious hobbyist. Of course this will be on a case-by-case 
> basis, but
> please, anyone serious, dedicated and fortunate enough to be 
> able to
> bloom one should contact us.
> Dave Horak
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com
> [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of
> bonaventure@optonline.net
> Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 1:45 AM
> To: Discussion of aroids
> Subject: Re: RE: [Aroid-l] Wild Titan's ?/YES
> Is there available any saved pollen of Amorphophallus titanum
> for possible future Amorphophallus cross pollinations to be done by
> serious hobbyists in their own collections?
> Bonaventure Magrys
> Cliffwood Beach, NJ USA
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