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  non-aroid plant articles
From: Steve Marak samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2006.05.27 at 19:42:05(14309)
I ran across a couple of plant-related but non-aroid articles this week that I
found interesting, and knowing the diversity of this group's interests thought
I'd pass them along.

The June issue of Natural History's cover article is "Origins of Floral
Diversity", by Amy Litt, director of the NYBG plant genomics program. It
discusses, basically, how development of flower structure from floral meristem
is controlled. Trust me, it's not written at a very technical level and isn't
nearly as horribly dry as that sentence sounds; if you've wondered about what
might be going on in flower doubling or other floral mutations you'll love
this. Unfortunately this article doesn't seem to be available online at all.

A short (and less technical) article discussing work on plant nectars and the
various compounds found in them is in the May 13, 2006 issue of Science News,
and that can be found online and doesn't require a subscription:



From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.05.27 at 20:11:15(14310)
Hi Steve,

Is the name of that journal just "Natural History" and nothing more??


From: "Steve Lucas Exotic Rainforest" steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2006.05.27 at 20:37:03(14311)
I've got a request from a lady who has been sending me emails to help find
an ID for this plant. Looks like a Syngonium to me and Steve Marak but
thought I'd try to give her a better ID than that if possible. This is her

"The leaf is thin and the white part seams to dry out and turn brown. The
normal leaf size is 4-6 inches, but as it grows it seems to get larger. It
will grow just like the pothos, along the ground or climbing. The leaves
mainly stay the same unless I put fertilizer in the pot and then the leaves
will be different. If I give it only watered down fertilizer it stays the
same, half white half green. It doesn't like direct light and the white will
burn. "

Thanks for any help.

Steve Lucas

From: Steve Marak samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2006.05.27 at 22:45:43(14312)
Hi Wilbert,

Yes ... the web site is:


where you can see the cover and read one of the other articles, but not that
one (not even if you're a subscriber, apparently). There's a web archive which
seems to have a selected article from each recent issue, so it's possible this
one will appear there next month ....

Some of Dr. Litt's other recent publications are listed at:


and several look relevant (and interesting).


From: "StroWi at t-online.de" StroWi at t-online.de> on 2006.05.27 at 22:45:46(14313)
Lord P(ublication),

the full name is "Natural History magazine"


From: "StroWi at t-online.de" StroWi at t-online.de> on 2006.05.27 at 22:50:21(14314)

I just noticed that only the internet site writes magazine,
the paper version simply "Natural History".

Just to be precise ;-)


From: Baumfarn Webmaster webmaster at baumfarn.at> on 2006.05.27 at 23:04:24(14315)
Hi Steve,
thanks, I'm always looking for that kind of articles.


From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.05.28 at 14:47:35(14316)
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Sent : Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:37 PM
To : "Discussion of aroids"
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Somewhat OT: non-aroid plant articles

I believe this is one of thye MANY vars. of Syngonium podophyllum, which
when thrown outdoors has become a really unpleasant and invasive weed in
many parts of Florida. When allowed to climb the leaf becomes pedatisect.


From: "Steve Lucas Exotic Rainforest" steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2006.05.28 at 17:58:33(14317)
Thanks! That was my choice as well. Just wanted a couple of confirmations
before passing along the informations.

Steve Lucas

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