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Re: [IGSROBIN] Brouwer - Geranium arboreum


Robin- I am now on a holy  quest.  This species will be in Florida before
June of this year if I have to go to hawaii to find it.

Regards

the other Robin
-----Original Message-----
From: Robin Parer <geraniac@PACBELL.NET>
To: IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU <IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>
Date: Wednesday, February 03, 1999 2:31 PM
Subject: Brouwer - Geranium arboreum


>Dear Peter,
>
>I am sorry to disappoint you because I would dearly love to give you
>seed of Geranium arboreum, but it really is protected, if not by CITES,
>then by the National Park Service.  The plant's habitat is under
>terrible threat by cattle and wild pigs, and it really is only now
>growing in steep ravines where these appalling animals can't get to it.
>When I last saw it, there was practiclly no seed, and although the
>plants appeared to be suckering at the base, the leaves seem to have
>some kind of fungal disease, and were distorted and brown.  The plant is
>pollinated by sun birds, who themselves are endangered.
>
>I very much doubt if the plant can be maintained in cultivation, because
>it seems to need a combination of volcanic soil, high altitude, fog, and
>rain to keep it happy.  I saw it briefly at Cambridge Universiy, years
>ago, as a six inch plant in a pot, but it looked sick and disease
>ridden.
>
>Kind regards, and I will make a note of your new address.
>
>Robin Parer
>Geraniaceae





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