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  Re: [Aroid-l] Re: Asian epiphytes...
From: "Peter Boyce" <botanist at malesiana.com> on 2007.02.21 at 10:00:21(15309)
Dear Michael

No Homalomena, as far as I am
aware, are obligate epiphytes. Having said that I have seen Homalomena
griffithii growing epiphytically c. 3 m up the trunk of a large belian in
riverine gallery forest in NC Sarawak; clearly the seed had lodged there either
during floors or had passed through the dispersal agent. Homalomena
fruits are inconspicuous but often strongly fruity-smelling and tasting and I
suspect are mammal dispersed although I have no direct evidence to support

Alistair did a lot of work on the
Homalomena of New Guinea and Bismarck and may well have further
anecdotes of epiphytism. Interesting, some New Guinea Homalomena
contain psychoactive principles thus it is possible for the observer to
be out of their tree....

Very best wishes


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