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From: flo.s at t-online.de (flo.s) on 2000.05.30 at 15:20:11(4652)
Hi there,

I was a reader until now, but lately a question came into my mind, which
somebody here might have answers for.

Most of the Amorphophallus individuals exchanged among the enthusiasts are
"children" bulbs generated by "parents" year after year. Those bulbs can be
considered just as a "branch" of the parent plant and thus might be considered
as a part of an unknown aged plant. To keep control over all the branches some
of you are tracking the clones. To use the thought above, if Amorphophallus

From: Durightmm at aol.com on 2000.05.31 at 19:54:40(4664)
Unless the plant has been grown from seed it's age will be uncertain. The
longevity of the parent, assuming normal genetic makeup, will have little
bearing on the offspring. If you are alluding to juvinile vigor then you are
right that older plants lack branching characteristics often found in young
plants. The fate of the offspring is independent of it's parent. Untill
telemere measurements are made the assumption is that the cormlets will
function as seedlings.
From: "Bonaventure W Magrys" magrysbo at shu.edu> on 2000.06.02 at 18:52:53(4677)
Do plant telomeres behave like animal ones, growing shorter with age? I always
assumed that, except for structural problems as in old trees or programmed
as in annuals, plants can go on growing forever. But then Aroids always
seemed a
little animal-like to me.
Bonaventure Magrys
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