Stone Jaguar Posted March 17, 2016 Report Share Posted March 17, 2016 Hello, all. In late February I harvested my first H. kajewskii fruit from a hand pollination that I did in early December. Since there appears to be some confusion due to mixed collections (with H. guppyanum) in the original description, as well as the assumption that unripe fruit was fully developed at ~ 6 mm and green, I thought it would be useful to provide some images of the ripening process that I have observed in this species. As I have written in another post and based on plants being grown in cultivation from wild-collected seed this species appears to be dioecious, which would make it unique amongst the hydnophytines that I have flowered so far. I have now hand pollinated several dozen flowers since late last year, and flowering on my plants looks like it will continue through at least late spring. Based on two fully ripe fruits harvested so far, ripening time has varied from 72 to 76 days. Ripe fruits are from 9.0 to 9.5 mm long x ~5.5 mm in diameter. Seed is about 5.0 mm long (wild-collected seed to >6.0 mm). Color change from gray green with conspicuous dark green stripes to yellow-orange occurs overnight, as does the change from yellow-orange to bright orange. Unlike H. ferrugineum, ripe fruit loses the visible striping that is evident in immature fruits. Zhon Bosco has confirmed that ripe fruit color here coincides with the color of ripe fruit in wild plants. I have attached three images of unopened flowers, unripe fruit, ripe fruit and clean seed. Cheers, J Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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