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  Re: Lesser amorphophalli, corms vs. tubers, etc.
From: "Alan Galloway" <alan at unity.ncsu.edu> on 1998.07.09 at 13:33:24(2444)
On Jul 8, 10:59am, Steve Marak wrote:
> Subject: Lesser amorphophalli, corms vs. tubers, etc.
> Re Amorph. konjac ... Dewey, you mentioned Fanny Phillips in one of your
> notes. Does she still grow the "giant" and "dwarf" forms of konjac that
> she had, and have these proven consistent in their growth and flowering?
> I've always been curious as to whether these were genetic or
> environmental, since aroids seem willing to flower small when happy.

Last year I had one of my konjacs to set seed and this year I have about
150 seedlings and at this stage there is quite a bit of diversity in this
batch of seedlings. There appears to be some dwarfs, some giants, some
pink-petioled, some red-petioled, and even a couple with twisted leaves.
I would definitely agree that these variances are due to genetics.

It appears that I have been successful in getting one of my paeoniifolius
to set seed this year -- I should be able to collect a few hundred seed
later this year. It will interesting to see if this batch of paeoniifolius
seed will give any variant forms.


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