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  RE: Tacca questions (off topic??)
From: Steve Marak samarak at arachne.uark.edu> on 2002.05.27 at 05:30:43(8886)
On Sun, 26 May 2002, StroWi wrote:

> The plants marketed here in Germany by www.Tacca.de are cloned in
> vitro since no seeds set was reached so far (as far as I know...). It
> is said that the donor plant is male sterile, however, I do not have
> any proof of this. Is male strelility known in Tacca (chantrieri) or
> could it be a self incompatibility mechanism as well?
> Speaking against the latter is the observation of a list member whose
> single T. chantrieri sets seed (or does the neighbour grow a different
> genotype???) However, the seeds I got did not germinate yet after
> months; but that seems to be a pain in the ...(O.K. some where further
> down) with Tacca germination anyway.

There used to be an Aroid-L'er from New Orleans, Lousiana, here in the US,
who I met through Phil Mueller. He had Tacca chantrieri seedlings coming
up all over his yard - I think he actually mowed the unwanted ones, which
horrified me.

Phil sent me several of the seedlings, which I promptly killed, then sent
me a couple more, which I killed more slowly. In both cases, I apparently
failed to keep them wet enough - I was told that I should pot them in
"Mississippi mud" (heavy, poorly aerated soil that reminds me of black
clay) and keep them WET! If I manage to get another, I will.


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