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Andreas Wistuba

Squamellaria - early stages of development

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In this thread I wish to illustrate seedlings of various Squamellaria species and give some input for discussion.

 

It's quite interesting to see them germinate and grow and compare to observations made in the wild. They show some features I did not see in other types of Hydnophytinae.

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This picture illustrates a young 3 month old seedling of Squamellaria major. Please note the elongated hypocotyl with swelling at it's end that will later form the caudex. Little bumps are already visible. Please also note the long and slender lower section of the hypocotyl with several adventitious roots. This part is not etiolated! 

 

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The fruits of Squamellaria are not "juicy" and thus the seeds do not stick to the bark of trees. I would describe the consistency of ripe Squamellaria fruits as very similar to the one of ripe apples. They need other mechanisms to attach to trees than other Hydnophytinae.

 

Fruit of Squamellaria imberbis

 

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