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  RE: [Aroid-l] Anthurium fruiting
From: Thomas.Croat at mobot.org on 2005.12.28 at 22:10:23(13660)
Title: RE: [Aroid-l] Anthurium fruiting

Dear Derek:

I believe what you are seeing is pretty universal. The inner surface of the tepals have a strip of tissue that is capable of being ripped off and this is firmly attached to the base of the berries, allowing the berries to be nicely displayed after they emerge. I suspect that this has evolved to allow for easy dispersal by birds, surely the principal dispersal agent for Anthurium according to my observations and those of Betty Loiselle who works works with bird pollination (UMSL). I have seen species where the fruits emerge and don't hang down but I suspect that if you tugged on them slowly they might also become loosened in the same way.


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