From: aroid-l-bounces at gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces at gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 3:54 PM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] Philodendrons produce infrared light???
There is a guy on UBC which is one of the sites I often answer questions
about aroids insisting his Philodendron bipennidifidum is producing
infrared light as a result of the spadix going through male and female
anthesis. I've tried to explain the process as I've learned it from Dr.
Croat and Julius including insect pollinators and how they are attracted
to the plant as a result of pheromones. I now am receiving private male
from others saying they think he is onto something. It is obvious from
his "strange science" he knows nothing about aroids. He had no idea
what pollen even was, yet he described it as a purely personal
observation. His theory is the heat produced by the spadix is a result
of infrared light and he appears to have no understanding of
thermogenesis. Will any of you please let me know if such a thing is
I've read of nothing close to this in any of the published material in
my library. I am checking Simon Mayo, J. Bogner and Pete Boyce's book
right now, so if any of you know of something I don't know, please put
me on the right track.
And by the way, Julius, you sent me a great explanation of how
Philodendron species reproduce. I can't find that anywhere! I would
have sworn I added it to my website but can't find it now! If you have
that at hand, please send it to me and also publish it here.
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