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  Re: Sauromatum venosum seeds
From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1997.12.22 at 14:44:40(1787)
On Mon, 22 Dec 1997, Jaime Rodriguez wrote:

> I was getting concerned, because most of the seeds
> grew a coating of fungus fuzz. It turns out the skin coating on the
> surface of the seed was rotting, but the seed itself is unaffected. I
> pricked one out to investigate it more closely, discovered the rotting
> skin, and a healthy radicle protruding from the seed! A little closer
> inspection revealed that instead of the high mortality I feared, I am
> getting very high germination! Now I just need to figure out where I am
> going to plant 40 sauromatums!


As I recall, Brian Capon in his latest book on botany for non-botanists (I
am at the office and do not have the book to quote title and verse) says
the formation of a fungus is a normal part of germination for many seed
types. I have noticed this phenomena on many of the Anthurium seed I
have germinated. Sometimes the fungus growth is visible only under a
magnifying glass. The fungus growth seems to diaappear when the monocots
begin to appear.


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