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  Re: FW: Flowers Don't Make Food
From: eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br (SNAME) on 1997.05.02 at 18:43:50(705)
Dear NcNinch (sorry I don't know your first name)

I have to agree with you. When aroids are the main subject,
completely aclorophyllous inflorescences are rather an exception than a
rule. Spathiphyllum blooms are usually whitish during the anthesis, but
turn greenish once it is pollinated. Some say that is a way to protect the
infructescente while it isn't ripe, but nobody can tell that it can't have
photosynthetic activity and help with the production of fruits and seeds.
The spathe of most Philodendron, Alocasia, Xanthosoma and Syngonium are
greenish or strongly green after and before the anthesis. Some are green
even during the anthesis, like those from Spathicarpa and some Anthurium.
It is true that the spadix (that usually isn't green) holds the most part
of the inflorescence's biomass but nobody can say that all aroid's blooms
are sucking vampires, hungry for the sap of your helpless plants!!!

Sunny afternoons... (like these here in Brazil)


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