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Re: Darkness period and plant flowering

Hello Alex and All:

> When I studied botany at university (many moons ago) we were taught that
> there are "short-day" and "long-day" plants.  Since that time this has all
> been overturned.  Quite recently, there was an article in the newspaper
> saying that there was no such thing, and that in fact it was the duration of
> the night period only that determines whether a particular plant will flower
> or not.  Apparently that is that.

Huh! Tell that to the sugarcane flowering all over Natal where the 
night length is supposedly too long for the 'orrible things to 
flower. Definately 'orrible. Don't grow in water :-)


Jacques Gerber
Botany Department
Rhodes University
South Africa

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