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Re: Request for Assistance for Help on a Term Paper

  • Subject: Re: Request for Assistance for Help on a Term Paper
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 10:25:03 -0600 (CST)

----- Original Message -----
From: Celeste Whitlow <politicalamazon@charter.net>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2002 11:19 PM
Subject: Request for Assistance for Help on a Term Paper

Dear Celeste,

There have been several articles on the propagation of Anthuriums in Hawaii
published in years past in 'our' journal, Aroideana.   Perhaps Betsy or
someone associated with the back issues can research this and pass a list of
these articles on to you!?!?

Best of luck,


>>In the plant propagation class I am taking this quarter, the term paper
assignment is to write about propagating a species; the student gets to
select the species for the paper.  It needs to be a species that would be
suitable for a relatively large greenhouse operation for commercial sales.

Since I am interested in aroids and Hawaii, I chose Anthurium.

Does anybody have journal-type articles (this teacher is an academic snob
and won't accept anything from "Sunset," etc.) or other references about
approaches to propagating Anthurium commercially that I could

I've already harvested what the University of Hawaii has available on their
website and affiliated websites, but I need references from other sources,
as well.

Thanks so much for your help,


----- Original Message -----
From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
To: "Multiple recipients of list AROID-L" <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2002 5:15 PM
Subject: Re: For dracontium nuts

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: john s. smolowe <johnsmolowe@pacbell.net>
> To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
> Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2002 11:35 AM
> Subject: Re: For dracontium nuts
> OK---here we go---First off, as Wilbert suggested and Susan confirmed, the
> photo is of D gigas, one of the two giant species of Dracontium found only
> in Cen. America (the other is D. pittieri, more on that later).   I have a
> photo of a small-looking Caucasian man standing at the side of a plant of
> gigas in bloom, the top of the spathe is at his mouth-level, so say close
> 5 ft. tall?!   The petiole (only the base is visible) must be at least 12+
> ft tall, and is as thick as his forarm!
> D. pittieri`s photo shows an infloresence held by  two latin-looking men,
> the top of the spathe is at least 9 ft. tall.   The leaf is reported to be
> as big/tall as D. gigas, the difference is that D. gigas has an
> inflorescence shorter than the petiole, while D. pittieri has an
> inflorescence as tall as the petiole, and the spathe is more
> boat-shaped/pointed.
> We auctioned plants of D. gigas last Sept. at the IAS show in Miami!!
> They are sometimes available from 'nuts' on this list.    WONDERFUL genus,
> all 23 or so of them!!
> The other 'odd-ball' S. American genera such as Taccarum, Synandrospadix,
> Gorgonidium, etc. are also wonderfully strange aroids!!   My buddy Bobby`s
> FANTASTIC Taccarums, the largest I have seen or heard of in cultivation,
> are just coming up, the short, paper-like blooms with a tall, 'shaggy'
> spadix  will soon follow, and with luck seed will be available in fall!!
> Julius
> >>Can someone please estimate the size of that Dracontium pitteri flower?
> In the photo it looks greater than 18" - ie huge - but that may just be
> the camera perspective. And if it is that big, where can I get one &/or
> at least read more about that species?
> John
> "Cooper, Susan L." wrote:
> >
> > Someone just emailed me a link to this photo
> > http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/courses/tour/Dracontium.html#anchor1295162
> > check out those glorious petioles!
> >
> > susan

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