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  Albino Anchomanes
From: "Michael Pascall" mickpascall at hotmail.com> on 2002.04.22 at 08:34:39(8591)
We have recieved two lots of Anchomanes giganteus from
Bjorn Malkmus . All have grown very well , and I am hoping for a flower on
the largest one later this year.
But , strange things have happened to one plant from the first lot . When it
emerged from its dormancy last September it was all white . It stayed very
small and did not last long at all . I repoted a few months ago and it
re-shot , but albino again !

Michael Pascall,

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.24 at 09:08:02(8623)
Dear Michael,

There was a posting on this list some time ago about an Amorphophallus sp.
seedling that did the same thing, then died, so it must happen from time to
time in some aroids. A friend also had it happen in a few Anthurium
seedlings. Maybe something triggers the 'death' of all the chlorophyll for
whatever reason.

The Best,


From: Lewandjim at aol.com on 2002.04.24 at 12:11:43(8625)
In a message dated 4/24/2002 12:08:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, ju-bo@msn.com writes:

Maybe something triggers the 'death' of all the chlorophyll for
whatever reason.

From: Steve Marak samarak at arachne.uark.edu> on 2002.04.24 at 13:13:44(8626)
I've seen this with seedlings of various plants. Some seem more prone to
it than others - I have one albino Manfreda virginica (which has
occasionally been Agave v.) seedling now, a Hippeastrum species seedling
last year was, but I've had a number of albino hemerocallis seedlings.
(One batch was almost 10% albino.)

As expected, they grow perfectly well for a while and then die suddenly -
I assume when all energy available without photosynthesis is exhausted.
The longest lasting for me was the hippeastrum, which was surprising as I
didn't think there was much reserve nutrition in that very thin seed.

I have always wanted to try growing one of these on in sterile conditions
(as with orchid seedlings, or meristemmed plants) - no particular reason,
just to see if I could. But I never have - the logistics seem much more

I don't have any way to know if these are truly albino (achlorophyllous)
or just have greatly reduced levels. There is a fairly commonly grown
variegated form of Hemerocallis fulva, the old orange daylily. Last year I
moved it. This year, where it was, a single shoot has come up that looks
completely white. Every day I expect to see it dead, its root exhausted.
But it has been up for weeks now, and appears to be growing very slowly,
so either I missed a chunk of root the size of a large konjac or it does
have some small amount of chlorophyll.


From: "Kathy Kempf" wont_read101 at hotmail.com> on 2002.04.25 at 19:23:28(8641)
At last! An aroid topic! I love the ongoing measurement thread, but have
something for this:

A also do hybridizing (strictly amateur) and have come across this in
numerous species: hemerocallis, rosa, dianthus, and lagerstroemeria, off the
top of my heads. One possible hypothesis: I have only had these
difficulties when attempting to cross multi-hybrid parent with multi-hybrid
parent. Attempting to cross hybrid with species or species with species
have never had this occur. I have not as yet attempted to cross any aroids.
All aroids that I have germinated from seed (only 2 so far) have been
strictly species, and no others growing in vicinity that might

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