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  RE: Lysichiton Americanum Query
From: "Carlo A. Balistrieri" <cabalist at facstaff.wisc.edu> on 1997.08.10 at 02:37:01(1032)
At 10:00 AM 8/9/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Dear Sue,
>Since I haven`t actually seen the species in question, it is difficult to
>offer a suggestion as to the reason for the form of the "gel body" you have
>observed on the seed of Lysichiton. Any ideas from other members/lurkers
>would be welcomed.

In some other species of plants (notably the genus Othonna) the gel produced
by the seed is thought to be a germination inhibitor--delaying germination
until the time is right.

Presumably this is when the rains are sufficient to wash away the gel--and
provide proper growth conditions for the seedlings that will result.

Given the habitat of Lysichiton I'm not certain the explanation suffices but
it's food for thought.


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