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  [Aroid-l] 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,


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