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  Colletogyne vs. climbers.
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.01.14 at 12:36:15(13697)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Friday, January 13, 2006 7:37 AM
To : "Discussion of aroids"
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Colletogyne on IAS website

Dear Peter, Wilbert and Friends--

Hey Pete---I agree! Imagine this little short-shift, unifoliate little
dwarf of an aroid, exquisitly beautiful as it might be, with only its ONE
cordate leaf (no splits or fenestrations here!), having the audacity to
produce such wonderfully marked, MULTIPLE blooms, AND NOT allowing these
beautifully marked spathes to fall off soon after opening, like some other
self-respecting, TRUE climbing marvels of the Aroid-world have the decency
to do, leaving just a bare, white (but I`m certain quite attractive and
interesting, mind you!) spadix! Some of these climbers may bloom just about
once every twenty to forty years or so, but I`m certain that to experience
the pleasure of seeing such a plain white spathe or bare spadix is well
worth the wait!! :--)> (all in fun, guys!)
Hey, congrats again to all, and good growing!


From: "Peter Boyce" botanist at malesiana.com> on 2006.01.14 at 14:59:58(13698)
Yeah, yeah, I AGREE but Julius, you simply cannot believe the fun of, in the
rain, spotting an aroid climber blossoming at the top of a large tree,
climbing said tree (which naturally has several large nests of aggressive
stinging ants (you know the kind, they clamp on with their huge mandibles to
gain better purchase to sting)) and just as you reach the base of the
pertinent branch all the movement you've set up sends the spathe falling
past; you make a grab for it, in so doing you catch your foot in the
climbing stems, in the process ripping of the (naturally solitary)
inflorescence which also falls but instead of reaching the ground lodges in
the branches of an adjacent (fiercely thorny) tree in which hangs a large
hornet nest, the force of the inflorescence striking the tree agitates the
hornets which then attack...

Ah! How can I not LOVE climbers

May I echo you Wilbert & everyone elses contributions to the IAS page


From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.01.14 at 22:32:52(13701)
I rest my case. WHO would want to have such bulky, non-flowering plants that
never do anything but growing???? Boooooooring!!!!!!!!! Julius, you're a
lost case but I forgive you because you also have a few tuberous aroids. But
you do well to observe these better and throw away the telescope you need to
see a climbing aroid flower every 20th year, some 100 feet above ground

From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.01.14 at 22:33:45(13702)
People, can you BELIEVE these guys?????????????????? Are they on drugs, or

Lord P.

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