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  Re: [Aroid-l] Sauromatum x Pinellia hybrid.... and others...
From: "plantguy at zoominternet.net" <plantguy at zoominternet.net> on 2010.07.08 at 13:11:24(21166)
Hi Tony and all,

I guess the pics of the leaves, petioles and tuber are not at all
convincing to me, but I could be the only one. I have at least a
half-dozen so-called 'Indian Giant' growing in my yard and pots (originally
from you) with a second petiole from the same growth point (the original
petiole is splitting at the base as you see in Dracontium) already and we
are very early in the growing season here in Pittsburgh. Given that this
is "normal" (for me anyway) then couldn't you have a simple mutation that
could take you from 2-3 petioles to 4-5 (no mutation is simple to
understand in terms of genotype/phenotype of course)? The flower pics make
it look very ill-formed so hard to tell for me, but you have seen it
up-close so have a better idea. I'm guessing you already preserved the
flower so that it could be examined by someone like Wilbert? Have you sent
plant material to someone for genetic testing, which is likely the only way
to get a solid answer to your question? Was the flower sterile or could
you back-cross? It is an interesting question you pose and I wish you all
the luck in figuring it out with absolute certainty.


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