Dependent fruitheads

McClements, Jim JimMcClem at AOL.COM
Wed Aug 13 04:20:47 CEST 1997


Would someone (Guy?) please talk about the significance of whether a healthy,
enlarging seedhead is upright, upside-down, or at a 90 degree angle to the

The subject has come up on another list (Alpine-L), and while I've responded,
I really didn't know what to say.

Are there certain species that do this consistently? Both A. candidissimum
seedheads here this year have been upside down, starting almost immediately
after pollination. A brown-spathed  consanguineum has a large seedhead
sticking straight out parallel to the ground, again starting almost

Is this characteristic being recognized as a factor in keying out species?

Jim McClements

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