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Philodendrons Like It Hot and Heavy

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Science  13 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5515, pp. 186
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5515.186a

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-- The reproductive antics of the tree philodendron, Philodendron selloum, generate as much heat as would a 3-kilogram cat. The behavior, say biologists, apparently serves to attract and reward pollinating beetles, who bask in its warmth. And it's made possible by a finely honed system for rapidly getting oxygen to heat-producing cells.