Was Bananas - now geophyte definition

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:16:47 PST
Lee wrote:
	I  never thought of geophytes as requiring an underground 
dormant phase in order to be considered geophytes.

 From the wiki		"we include all plants with an underground 
storage organ such as bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers. "


"This includes both cold hardy and tender bulbs, and all the bulbs in 
between. By 'garden with' we also mean to include plants, shrubs, and 
even trees that we grow as companions to our bulbs."

Dear Friends,
	PBS has always been rather liberal in regard to topics 
suitable for conversation here. I am sure Jim McKinney will explain 
that strictly speaking 'Geophyte' refers to any plants that "grow in 
the ground" . This as opposed to epiphyte, lithophyte etc. , but has 
come to mean any plant propagated from bulbs, tubers, corms etc. as 
indicated above.

	We have extended this to companion plants, almost any plant 
with a thickened, root, stem or other organs to include orchids, 
bananas, peonies and many more such as related plants that don't fit 
any of our criteria.

	The only thing in common is that these plants do have a 
thicken portion of their anatomy for food or water storage. They may 
live on rocks, on trees, under water or any where.

	I don't think there's many plants we have rejected with even 
the most feeble of encouragement. The more the merrier.

			Best		Jim
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
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	Summer 100F +

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