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  Syngonium setting seed in S. Florida
From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.03.28 at 00:02:13(15495)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Monday, March 26, 2007 9:10 PM
To : "Discussion of aroids"
Subject : RE: [Aroid-l] Syngonium

Dear Eric and Tom,

Just FYI, a few years ago when Vic Soukup was looking for seed of Syngongium
podophyllum, I happened to be working for a Company with an office on the W.
of side h/way 441 (State Road 7) just S. of Boynton Beach Blvd. in Delrey
Beach, Florida. This area borders the Everglades. There was a stand of
Cypress trees on the South side of the property on which many introduced S.
podophyllum had grown, and I believe around mid- or late summer, many of
these climbers had produced a substantial number of ripe and opening fruit
on them! I managed to collect for Vic, but with some difficulty (because
of the height of these climbers, about 15-20 ft. up) a fairly large number
of mature seed of these aroids, and with more effort and time could have
collected even more.

I GUESS there is some pollinator in the area??
Also of interest, a friend who has a nursery nearby, and who has HUGE plants
of Montrichardia cf. linnifera which he grew from seed I gave him ex.
Trinidad, W.I. many years ago, has had his 15'-tall plants bloom, AND to our
delight, set and produce large numbers of viable seed!
I understand that in nature (in S. America) that this plant is pollinated by
large bees, so I wonder what is happening in S. Florida re: potential/actual

The Best,


From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2007.03.28 at 15:56:20(15501)

This is an interesting observation because if these genera are
being pollinated in Florida it means that some local pollinator has
learned how to do it and thus they could simply go native in Florida.
This would make a good paper if one could collect the pollinators.


From: Adam Black <epiphyte1 at earthlink.net> on 2007.03.29 at 03:34:35(15508)
I remember seeing fruiting Syngonium podophyllum regularly in our yard
in Miami when I was a kid, and even more recently I recall fruiting
plants in my mom's yard in the Orlando area - and all this time I have
never thought much of it. I can't say I ever noticed anything I would
call a seedling, but then again I never really paid attention. I'll
have to start watching the many Syngoniums at my mom's new property.
Surely others in south and central Florida have made the same


From: Eric Schmidt <leu242 at yahoo.com> on 2007.03.30 at 15:38:54(15533)
Here at Leu Gardens in Orlando, Syngonium podophyllum
frequently fruits but I have never seen stray
seedlings like you do from Monstera deliciosa. Same
with some growing in my old yard and at my mom's


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