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  Anthurium pallidiflorum
From: mikekerlin at netscape.net on 2007.05.04 at 15:53:34(15629)
I have an Anthurium pallidiflorum which had never bloomed since I got it. I shocked it this winter by placing it in a very cold window- too cold really- but it produced 4 inflorescences in the following 2 months. BUT the female flowers never produced any droplets along the spadices, although the inflorescences did produce scent and turn yellow, while producing lots of pollen. As a result, I got no berries. Does anyone know why the plant wouldn't produce the droplets, (like maybe I let it warm up too much when the blooms were active) or if this is what is supposed to happen with this species? Or is it an obligate out-crosser or something? Thanks, Mike Kerlin

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From: "ExoticRainforest" <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2007.05.05 at 13:03:04(15632)

I certainly would not consider myself an expert in the field
of blooming anthurium. But of late I've had a good deal of experience
watching them closely. With the aid of Dr. Croat, Julius Boos, Lariann
Garner and several others we were able to track the daily growth of a spathe and
spadix of Anthurium regale for well over two months. What
you described seems exactly correct to me. It would be my guess that
the female flowers developed prior to the male sexual parts of the spadix.
In some anthurium this happens far enough apart to prevent self
pollination. If that is so you would not have been able to get
pollination even if you deliberately spread the pollen yourself. In the
case of our large Anthurium regale we have now collected pollen
and stored it in the freezer for the time when the next spathe is formed on
either of our two specimens. I believe the cooler temps were likely what
caused the plant to produce the spathe which is exactly what happened with
our A. regale. All of my notes and photographs, along with
extensive comments from Dr. Croat and the others named are


There are about 5 pages of notes and photos so this will take
a little time to go completely through. If you take the time to read
through them you may be able to learn, just as I did, how to hopefully pollinate
the plant the next time around.

Good luck with the effort! And next time, photograph it
all the way through!

Steve Lucas

From: "D. Christopher Rogers" <crogers at ecoanalysts.com> on 2007.05.07 at 17:32:01(15655)

I have an
A. pallidiflorum also. I have never had any trouble with getting flowers, but
then it always does get a big temperature drop in the winter. I have berries on
about one fourth the inflorescences, without doing anything. Indeed, the plants
are up about ten feet off the ground, so it is out of the way to go up and pollinate
the plants. I might have a bunch of berries in the next week or so.



From: Albert Huntington <balberth at yahoo.com> on 2011.03.17 at 06:18:50(21980)

I have harvested a seedhead of Anthurium pallidiflorum and have some extra

Actually, what happened was I had selfed a plant and noticed the berries turning
color, and neglected the greenhouse for a week or two too long. This evening I
went in there and found the seedhead had detached an fallen to the floor. So
these berries are quite ripe.

If you would like a couple, please send your name and mailing address OFF THE
LIST to amh@ieee.org

Anthurium pallidiflorum is one of the thin strap-leafed ones, and in my opinion
one of the better ones. It's not got the longest leaves, but they are nicely
textured and velvety.

About the first 10 people to respond will receive a few berries - seeds should
be removed from berries and planted in long fiber sphagnum moss. Priority will
be given to members of the IAS, contributors to this list, and people who have
sent me material in the past.


(Also - it's unfortunately winter here in the northern hemisphere - please do
not request seed if it is still freezing in your area; it is likely the seeds
won't arrive in a viable state.)

All the best,
Albert Huntington

From: Derek Powazek <fraying at gmail.com> on 2011.10.10 at 17:06:47(22220)
Remember earlier this year when Albert sent out some Anthurium
pallidiflorum seeds? Here's an update on my happiest seedling. He's a
slow grower, but looks happy.


Anyone else here receive some seeds or have a mature A. pallidiflorum?
How are yours doing?

-- Derek

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