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From: Paul Christian <paul at RAREPLANTS.CO.UK>
Subject: Re: Kaichen's sp. 2, omeiense and sp 5
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Guy, all,

On the "pangii" I should perhaps have mentioned that all of my plants hav=e
striped spathes.  I had not realised the significance.  

Whilst poking around with a view to ensuring pollination I found that the
first plant was all female, then the second, the third, the fourth and so
on.  I have just one plant with pollen and that is only male.  There are =no
bisexual inflorescences and the only male is a tiny puny little thing - I
assume that they go female with age, but there are no intermediates based
on my small sample size.

You asked about the "omeiense".  I had no problems here with either batch=,
they took the weather and the mid March 27cm snowfall andhjave emerged
unscathed.  Interestingly the stolons are actually popping up above the
soil and making new tubers at soil level.  Not a single soliatary flower,
but the leaves are fascinating. As far as I can see all are essential
trifoliate, althouhg the two "side" leaflets are often divided into two i=n
the larger specimens.  The main (central) leaflet) is sessile but the sid=e
leaflets are markedly petiolulate.  I have never seen this in an Arisaema=,
or is it common and am I just thick ?

About half of the plants have very serrate edges to the leaflets, about
half are totally plain. The serrate, 5-fid ones are really very decorativ=e
and given its pedunculating habit it will make a lovely miniature pan pla=nt
in time.

I know that we cannot send attachements so I have have just taken some
photos and will try and post them at my web site within the next few
minutes. Crude digital ones but enough for the above features to be seen.

In fact I got tail before head and they have now been posted at


Now that things are happening, I wonder if anyone has flowered Kaichen's =sp
5.  It was a poor seller at this end so we kept most of them, I am
delighted since the first one turns out to be handeli or something very
close to it. Now we just need some more to cross pollinate it !

At 08:56 16/05/98 +0200, you wrote:
>Thanks for the information on Kaichen's sp. 2 (ex pangii). Based on 27
>flowering specimens it is quite valuable. From your observations and fro=m
>Greg's comments, it seems now that any link with A.  pangii has to be
>forgotten. On the contrary it is close to A. lobatum. The question is: w=hat
>are the differences? We have still to see the infructescence, seedlings.=..
>Now a new question with regard to Kaichen's A. omeiense.
>My tubers were already in growth when I got them and, of course, the you=ng
>leaves withered and none of them emerged this spring. I'm afraid the sam=e
>happened  with most of these plants. Nevertheless, perhaps one of us has
>been fortunate and has specimens in leaf? If so, how many leaflets on th=e
>In flower? Are there male flowers only,  female flowers only or are ther=e
>bisexual spadices?
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