Was Bananas - now geophyte definition

aaron floden aaron_floden@yahoo.com
Tue, 06 Dec 2011 18:29:35 PST
There are also very attractive species of Potato not present in general cultivation with beautiful flowers and nice foliage.

--- On Wed, 12/7/11, Lee Poulsen <wpoulsen@pacbell.net> wrote:

From: Lee Poulsen <wpoulsen@pacbell.net>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Was Bananas - now geophyte definition
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 9:53 AM

As far as I'm concerned, potato (Solanum tuberosum) should be listed as well. It is definitely a tuber and it definitely grows from the tuber as that is by far the most common way new plants are started. The "Genetics" section of the wikipedia entry for potato is very interesting reading describing a number of different species that are all related to the potato and that various potato species are native from south central Chile all the way up into Texas. Some of these species have even been bred into the commercial potato to introduce different kinds of disease resistance. There are even diploid, triploid, tetraploid, and pentaploid species of potatoes!ki

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