Stinky Aroids
Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:20:40 PDT

Ah, Judy, the music that is in the words, "dead woodchuck" 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Judy Glattstein" <> 
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:11:51 PM 
Subject: [pbs] Stinky Aroids 

My Stinky Aroids 
<…> - 
Dracunculus vulgaris and Sauromatum venosum - are in flower. They 
announce this event with a stench that makes me think there's a dead 
woodchuck somewhere around here. I've seen carrion beetles on the 
Dracunculus. However neighborhood dogs - who would otherwise find the 
most odoriferous, rotting dead deer in which to roll - ignore both plants. 

Is there some subtle chemical marker that a dog's superior olfactory 
powers finds lacking? 

I was discussing this with a friend and she wondered what the carrion 
beetles get out of this. False advertising, I suspect, and the beetles 
get nothing. 

Any comments, observations? 

Judy in New Jersey with delightful summer weather today - and more rain 
on the way. 

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