Don Burke Pollinating Philodendrons Manually
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[Don Burke Pollinating Philodendrons Manually]
(sold as P. selloum)
[Donald William “Don” Burke (born 15 July 1947):] Source: LYBIO.net
Do you know this plant? It’s a plant called Philodendron Selloum. Now if you’ve knocked around the odd house or maybe looked in your own place. You’ve probably seen one of these growing somewhere in the corner. It’s a really tough indoor plant. But it doesn’t produce much in the way of stems that you could strike as cuttings. So it has to be grown by seed. And it really does have a very curious and bizarre sexual life. Now it comes from Central America over there. Its sexual activities are actually aided by a night flying moth. But here in Australia, these rather weird organs have to be manipulated in rather a different way.
Not until night on one particular night in the year that each flower becomes heavily perfumed and sexually receptive. Kay, what are you actually doing?
Hi, Don I’m pollinating Philodendron. This is ready to be pollinated tonight because it’s open. And the bottom part is the male – is the female part, which is receptive to the pollen when it’s hot if you feel it, you’ll find it’s about 96 degrees.
[Don Burke:] It’s quite warm.
[Kay Petrie:] Isn’t it. Yes.
[Don Burke:] Yeah.
[Kay Petrie:] Yes.
[Don Burke:] And this top bit here is what?
It’s the male part. That will produce the pollen 24 hours after. This flower has began to close, it will close around the waist area here.
[Don Burke:] To stop it from self-pollinating
[Kay Petrie:] Source: LYBIO.net
Yes. And it’s normally done by a moth in Brazil in the night in the tropics, you know, but it doesn’t happen here. So we have to simulate the moth and produce the pollen onto the – plant as it requires it.
And roughly how long from doing this pollination to seed safe.
About two months.
What does it look like, what actually happens to it?
[Kay Petrie:] Well, the base of this swells, it’s like a pregnant woman so to speak. And the seeds are all in middle capsules. And there’s about 30 seeds to each little bubbly capsule. And they break open and you extract the seed from it. Yes, this one should be well and truly pollinated now.
Looks as if it’s not a unpleasant thing to do.
[Kay Petrie:] Well, it’s quite fun actually. We do this for about three months of the year every night. We come along and check all these plants to make sure that they are all done so that we’ve got seed production.
[Don Burke:] Source: LYBIO.net
So, what for instance, something like this might open up tomorrow night or the next night.
[Kay Petrie:] Yes, yes.
[Don Burke:] And the perfume is always this strong.
[Kay Petrie:] Oh, yes. It’s quite overbearing isn’t it?
[Don Burke:] Nice.
[Kay Petrie:] Toxic.
[Don Burke:] Yeah just amazed at it, but how warm that is.
[Kay Petrie:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
Yes, yes. This is an intoxicating perfume.
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