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  Anthurium plowmanii flowers
From: Al Wootten <awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 1998.10.01 at 19:16:00(2641)
Of the plants I have grown from seed Dewey distributed perhaps two
years ago, I have my first flower. I'll try to take a photo and
post it to the WWW. It has a faint but pleasant scent. Can the
flower be self-pollinated? Any advice on technique woulr be very
welcome.

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From: Krzysztof Kozminski <kk at netgate.net> on 1998.10.02 at 07:12:37(2642)
Al Wootten wrote:

> Of the plants I have grown from seed Dewey distributed perhaps two
> years ago, I have my first flower. I'll try to take a photo and
> post it to the WWW. It has a faint but pleasant scent. Can the
> flower be self-pollinated? Any advice on technique woulr be very
> welcome.

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.10.03 at 07:39:19(2646)
>>Of the plants I have grown from seed Dewey distributed perhaps two
years ago, I have my first flower. I'll try to take a photo and
post it to the WWW. It has a faint but pleasant scent. Can the
flower be self-pollinated? Any advice on technique woulr be very
welcome.

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From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1998.10.03 at 08:10:34(2647)
Julius and Al,

The term Julius is searching for is apomixis. I just 'plowed' (could not
resist) through my literature and could not find reference to A.
plowmanii being apomictic. All of mine I grew from seed, and the seed
came from Dewey.

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.10.03 at 15:51:09(2651)
Al Wootten wrote:

> Of the plants I have grown from seed Dewey distributed perhaps two
> years ago, I have my first flower. I'll try to take a photo and
> post it to the WWW. It has a faint but pleasant scent. Can the
> flower be self-pollinated? Any advice on technique woulr be very
> welcome.

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From: "Walter V. Turner" <turner at mailgate.urz.uni-wuppertal.de> on 1998.10.04 at 18:04:57(2652)
All this talk about pollen and seeds encourages me to ask about
Dieffenbachia seeds (I have hesitated for months, because you all have such
exotic species).
I have several species of Dieffenbachia, and most have never produced any
pollen. This year, however, several bloomed at the same time and there was
at least some "dust" on the upper end of the spathes. I brushed this
generously over the lower parts of the spathe of the same plants and of some
others of various species.
I have to say, however, that the result looks to be the same as in other
years, when there was no pollen visible: no seeds swell up, the female
flower parts just turn dark brown or black, and the flower wilts and rots.
Inside, as always, the spathe is now coated with gum (not even soap will
wash the stuff off). Is there any chance that the little black things are seed?
I have never seen any pictures or descriptions of Dieffenbachia seed or of
how to raise the plants from seed. Some of the commercial plants are
supposed to be hybrids, so SOMEBODY must be doing it.
Can anyone help?
Walter Turner
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