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  Anthurium "Circus Peanuts"
From: Durightmm at aol.com on 2000.07.02 at 16:04:45(4949)
Mike Bush while at Selby years back made a cross with ANTHURIUMS dresslerii
and leucostachyum. It was never named but subsequently was dubbed "Circus
Peanuts" because of it's perceived odor. I would like to know if anyone has
grown seeds from it as a self. Because it is hybrid there is the possibility
it is sterile. I presently have 4 infructescenses all developing fruit. I
am naturally hopeful they are fertile. Any comments Joe

From: plantnut at macconnect.com (plantnut) on 2000.07.02 at 21:41:16(4956)
I have a plant of A. 'Circus Peanuts' but it is not in the neighborhood of
shaving an inflorescence. Over the years, mine has been up and down the
scale of doing well and not so...

BTW, at Selby, they call it A. 'Mike's Goliath'. Tom Croat put the handle
that we use on it... He said the inflorescence smelled like the little
things that elephants like.... Hot Roasted Peanuts... (Also reminds me of
sitting at tables in the jungles of Ecuador with beer and peanuts, an
experinece that I had a few times.... lots of fun.{Dave L and Betsy F.
will have this memory also}..)

From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2000.07.03 at 18:58:39(4964)
Actually Tom named the 'Circus Peanuts' Anthurium for the smell of that
atrocious candy that you buy in celephane bags at candy counters that is
shaped like giant peanuts in their shells. This orange sherbet-colored candy
has a ghastly foam texture with the sicky-sweet fake smell (and taste) of
bananas (amyl acetate) that is used for cheap artifical banana flavoring. The
scent from the flowers has this same amyl acetate component and is quite
distinctive. It does not smell like beer or real peanuts or anything like
that! The name is quite a joke but is not a really fitting name for such a
hybrid so we chose instead to call it 'Mike's Goliath' to honor Mike Bush,
who made the original hybrid back in the early 1980's.

Donna Atwood
Selby Gardens

From: Durightmm at aol.com on 2000.07.04 at 00:05:25(4969)
Thank you Donna, however the maun part of my quesation is what experience
growing it selfed from seed. Are ythe seeds viable. Does Selby grow it
from seed? My plant was purchased there but I do not know how it was
propagated. Soon perhaps I can give you my results. Pray for me. Joe

From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 2000.07.04 at 02:03:04(4971)

We have always propagated this plant from cuttings. From seed, if this is
even possible, I would imagine that you will obtain many different kinds of
clones, some of which will not look anything like 'Circus Peanuts'. The
parents of this hybrid are pretty different, so hybrid progeny might vary
quite a bit. Good Luck!


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