Vines and Climbers forum: Ipomoea albivenia Seeds

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Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Feb 8, 2015 10:48 AM CST
Look at these cute fuzzy seeds of Ipomoea albivenia I recently harvested from my plant! Smiling

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Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)
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Gerris2
Feb 8, 2015 1:16 PM CST
I gave most of the seeds a haircut. I kept one shaggy for comparison purposes. Apparently, if you do not remove the fuzz and try to grow a seed, the fuzz creates an environment that encourages rotting bacteria.



Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 9, 2015 10:45 AM CST
They look good Joseph, nice and plump...wonder why they are fuzzy in the first place Confused
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 9, 2015 11:28 AM CST
I've often wondered about that too - what evolutional pressure would create the hairs .. the I carnea's are hairy too. I wonder if it's a deterrent for birds and other animals or perhaps the increased mass helps the seed move away from the parent plant location.
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Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)
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Gerris2
Feb 9, 2015 3:31 PM CST
Thanks, Ronnie and Anne. I learned from Ron Kushner the seed fluff catches the wind for dispersal. I agree about pondering evolutionary pressure for the traits.
Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)
Morning Glories Adeniums Region: Delaware Salvias Composter Container Gardener
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America
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Gerris2
Feb 9, 2015 3:45 PM CST
I was thinking today the fuzzy seeds look like the Tribbles from the old Star Trek TV show. Haha

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