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  blueberry Anthurium
From: "Geoffrey Kibby (IIE)" <G.KIBBY at cabi.org> on 1997.08.28 at 13:43:39(1113)
Dear all,

To everyone who has requested seeds of this lovely plant (over 25 of you !)
no problem, I am preparing packages now and they should go out over the next
week. Please be patient, I am up to my waist in seeds, plastic wrap and
envelopes; its a slow business. Up to my waist is not too much of an
exageration; with over 35 spikes each with an average of 30 berries, each
berry with 8-12 seeds thats something like 10,500 seeds!! I could single-
handedly populate the world with this thing. All I need now is that 100 ft
greenhouse and a lot of pots.....

Thanks to the aid of Richard Mansell there should be some digitized pictures
of the thing appearing on the ID page any time now. Any feedback as to
identity gratefully received. It still looks most like a giant A. scandens
(note the ruler in the picture which has inch divisions, the leaves really
are quite large).

Regards to all,

Geoffrey Kibby

From: "Geoffrey Kibby (IIE)" <G.KIBBY at cabi.org> on 1997.09.01 at 21:15:19(1142)
Dear All,

Some of you should start receiving your seeds from today; if you wish to see
what they will turn into then look at the ID section of the Aroid web-site
where they are now posted (with the help of Richard Mansell) and awaiting any
suggestions of identity. Dr Croat thinks it likely to be A. trinerve based on
description only, but hopes to get a look at the pictures later this week and
get back to me with a final decision. In the meantime anybody else who has an
opinion please let me know.

By the way, does anyone know if Anthurium berries are poisonous? A friend of
mine wishes to grow it but thinks his small children may find the berries
irresistable! I know many aroids have aggressive chemistry but had not heard
Anthurium being accused of this.


Geoffrey Kibby

From: Tom Croat <croat at mobot.org> on 1997.09.03 at 00:53:21(1149)
Geoffrey: The seeds are not poisonous if it is Anthurium because I eat
the mesocarp all the time. It is initially sweet, but soon becomes
acrid, causing you to spit it out. I suspect it may cause the birds to
do the same.
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