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From: irisman <irisman at AMERITECH.NET>
Subject: Re: triphyllum colors.
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Hello Chris--Is it typical of this group that someone posts an observatio=n
or a question and nobody responds?    (This certainly varies from group t=o
group) Not terribly conducive to interchange of information.,--   Re the
hybridization of arisaema.--  I'm inclined to agree with you, and since I
hybridize aril  and arilbred irises, and think of hybridizing all other
kinds of things (being a hybrid myself).  First I have to see how they gr=ow.
I haven't learned anough about the mechanics of reproduction and flowerin=g
in these things to comment further.  I'm not sure I would recognize the
difference bertween a male and female flower, although I understand that =the
female flowers are lower on the spathe., and automatically get pollen
dropped from above,    Is there much known about interspecific hybrids, o=r
intergeneric hybrids, say, between arum and arisaema?    At least one of =my
goals would be to get something that was garden-tough, or had a longer
blooming season, or, in the case of Dracunculus, and others, maybe gettin=g
some  that smell nicer, which, I'm thinking might not be too hard, since
there's some smell there, and crossing to some thing that had a nicer
aroma,for us, rather than beetles or flies would be the kind of thing tha=t
I'd try for.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Gussman" <OlgaChrisEmily at MSN.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 9:12 PM
Subject: triphyllum colors.

Our native triphyllum is what got me interested in "jacks".  I am now try=ing
some others "exotic" species, but I think this will always remain a
favorite.  The great variability in this species will give anyone interes=ted
the opportunity to develop outstanding ornamental selections.  I see ther=e
are a lot of "selected" forms listed and mentioned in the Arisaema-L
already. I am not sure about some of them, such as "alba"; does this form
actually have a pure (solid) white spathe, or does it just lack  dark
pigment and have minimum green stripes?  Also, what is the difference
between "zebrinum" and "stripes"?    It would certainly be interesting to=do
some controlled crosses to find out how some of the basic characteristics
are passed on, such as dark vs. light spathe coloration.  For a common
species, there is a lot more to be learned.  Using just the characteristi=cs
we know and have readily available, it would, for example, be theoretical=ly
possible to produce a tall clone with a very bright red stem,
zebra-patterned spathe with very dark stripes, black flecks, and random
variegated pattern on the leaves.  Then again, there are probably still m=any
interesting forms waiting to be discovered in your local woodlot.....

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