Senior Invertebrate Ecologist/ Taxonomist
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Davis, CA 95616
Moscow, Idaho ? Bozeman, Montana ? Davis, California ? Joplin, Missouri
From: aroid-l-bounces at gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces at gizmoworks.com]
On Behalf Of bonaventure at optonline.net
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 11:52 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] titanum pollen fertility question
I was afraid to freeze it having no cryoprotectant, eg. glycerin, and it
being titanum pollen and all. But it was dry, double wrapped in paper and in
an envelope, let come up to room temperature slowly, and used that day. The
konjac recipient was just starting to unfurl, so no chance of the female
flowers being past receptivity or males shedding their own pollen
afterwards. As a matter of fact, it only became odiferous the next day.
There was almost half a teaspoonful of titanum pollen (thanks again Fevzi!)
and this went "down the tube" all around the spadix as far down as I could
pour it. This was followed by vigorous shaking and tapping of the base of
the spathe for about a minute (oh God, I hope the neighbors weren't
watching!). I hope that gravity and the flies have done the rest.
I do believe that konjac is not big enough ;-) , and the introduction of
titanum genes will greatly improve its size, introduce hybrid vigor (as if
it needs that) and a percentage of seedlings will survive our zone 7 gardens
here. On the other hand, one may get a more vigorous and rot resistant
hardier titanum like Amorphophallus.
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