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  Off topic--'cultivating' Rafflesia
From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.01.14 at 14:46:24(15089)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Friday, January 12, 2007 7:57 PM
To : aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject : [Aroid-l] Rafflesia

I know that my friend Pia who posted this is knowledgable as to the
following, but for those who are not, and who just might even THINK about
his suggestion of trying to establish Rafflesia in Horticulture, the
following facts might disuade them and save them lots of time and effort.
To realisticly grow Raflesia, on would have to first obtain the seeds and
cultivate a specific giant jungle vine to maturity, as the only place that
Rafflesia is know to exist is as a parasite WITHIN the tissues of one of
these GIANT jungle vines. Rafflesia (which does not have leaves, roots or
branches) grows there for an undeterminate length of time, and presumably
when mature, produces a flower bud which then emerges from the vine, and if
it attains maturity and opens, and if pollination is sucessful (by carrion
flies), and seed is produced, these are then distributed by birds, and IF
one adhers to the correct vine, a new parasitic Raffelesia grows within the
mature vines tissues.

Who is off to Asia to collect seeds?? :--)

Julius

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From: "Michael Pascall" <mickpascall at hotmail.com> on 2007.01.15 at 14:15:24(15090)
Troy Davies had a fantastic series of pictures on his web site when he was
selling Amorpho's .
Site not around now , but I could not resist saving the pics , if I can get
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From: piaba <piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2007.01.16 at 10:02:09(15096)
jubo, not to mention one must have no nose in order to
appreciate the blooms... :-)

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