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  Dieffenbachia pollenation
From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.10.06 at 08:12:55(2658)
>>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).

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From: "Walter V. Turner" <turner at mailgate.urz.uni-wuppertal.de> on 1998.10.06 at 12:42:48(2660)
Dear Julius,
Thanks. I will become a member soon. I have just been too busy to plan
anything lately. It is good of you to offer to copy the articles, but I
would feel too much like a parasite, seeing I have been so slow in becoming
a member. I will take you up on it later.
I am aware of how poisonous Dieffenbachias are. Every so often I chop some
plants up to start new ones, and working with the bleeding stems is like
washing your hands in glass slivers. About 25 years ago one of the plant
journals had some particularly nasty photos of rabbit eyes that had been
treated with various fractions of Dieffenbachia juice. I also know the
stories of the use of "dumb cane", which I have always suspected to be
myths, though it doesn't matter, as the point is real enough. Has anyone
ever determined for sure whether it is just oxalic acid, or are other
chemicals responsible? I am careful, and I don't keep children or pets in
the house.
Walter

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From: dave-poole at ilsham.demon.co.uk (David Poole) on 1998.10.06 at 17:57:34(2661)
Walter Turner wrote:

> I also know the
>stories of the use of "dumb cane", which I have always suspected to be
>myths, though it doesn't matter, as the point is real enough. Has anyone
>ever determined for sure whether it is just oxalic acid, or are other
>chemicals responsible? I am careful, and I don't keep children or pets =
in
>the house.

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