How do Philodendron bipinnatifidum flowers produce heat?

ahuehuete(z9)April 20, 2009


I´ve had this plant for a long time, thinking it was a Monstera deliciosa. It was static for lots of years, but then, when I moved it to my new house, it seemed to like the new location, and boosted its growth, producing these strange flowers. They last for just one day, start opening in the morning, and closing next. A warm temperature can be detected from afternoon, but when night comes, the spadix heats up a lot, releasing a strong though pleasant smell. When the flower begins to close, the spadix produceshairy stuff, apparently pollen.

I made some research and the most logical explanation I found was that heat was reflected to the spadix by the flower. But they heat up until night, and not when sun falls on them.

Can someone give me a better explanation?

I don´t include photos because I don´t know how to paste them here.

Thank you so much.

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greenclaws UKzone8a put pix on here open a free account, upload your pics to the site from wherever you store them on your PC using their upload facility, copy and paste the 3rd line of info (the HTML tag) that appears under the uploaded pic when you move the cursor over it into the message box on GW, click on the preview facility to check all is ok.
Hope this helps!
Interesting question BTW, hope someone responds.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 4:37PM
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Thanks for the photo help!
Someone answer.....please.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 9:50PM
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mrao77(TX US zone 7)

Here is a link that explains aroid pollination very well, and if you scroll down the page you will see why and how the heat that you describe is being produced.
Hope this helps.Please copy/paste inot your browser if the link doens'nt work.

Here is a link that might be useful: Aroid poillination

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 11:48PM
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Oh, now it is all clear!!!!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 9:40PM
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