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  Pollination in KY
From: Brian Williams <pugturd at alltel.net> on 2007.07.12 at 01:40:22(15971)
I went into one of the greenhouses today and saw that some large
birdsnest Anthuriums were in flower today. I then noticed they were
completely covered in ants. I figure they were after the sugary sap that
the flowers produce but at the time never really saw any sap. I then
noticed them on another flower with pollen dropping. I took some close
up photos to try and see exactly what they were after. I thought I would
share with the group.

From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.07.12 at 09:36:59(15972)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Thursday, July 12, 2007 1:40 AM
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Subject : [Aroid-l] Pollination in KY

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Dear Brian,

Thanks for sharing the info. and the photos.
The ants were almost certainly feeding on the nectar, in your second photo
on the R.H. side you can see an ant with its distended abdomen.
My dad who grew Anthuriums always claimed that he thought that ants might be
one of the pollinators of his plants, all of his plants were A.
andreanum-type hybrids, by the way.

Good Growing.


From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2007.07.12 at 17:09:00(15973)
And,, how long do the seeds grow uo> As I know they grow thay in do the
seciton Aroideade is very long.

From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.07.13 at 08:58:08(15976)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Thursday, July 12, 2007 5:09 PM
To : "Discussion of aroids"
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Pollination in KY

Dear Marek,

about three months on these A. andreanum-type plants, but we are talking
over 45 years ago! I know that some other sections of Anthyrium have VERY
long fruit development times.
By the way, Vic Soukup needs the seeds he asked for as his research involves
extracting certain compounds from fruit/seeds, so having plants alone does
him no good.

Good Growing,


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