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Re: [Aroid-l] Philo. seed from S. America

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Philo. seed from S. America
  • From: Victor Soukup <soukupvg@email.uc.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 10:10:00 -0400

I am very glad that you have opened this question because I also was a participant in the Philodendron sp seed purchase from Alvim Seidel. However, as you and most others by this time, know, I am hardly a grower. I wanted the seeds for my study of the acids of the seed lipids of Araceae, and this seemed like a good way to get many species analyzed. The seeds I used were all shared with others --- I used only seed from packets which others were to grow. The analyses went very well and most of the seed gave very very similar (identical ?) results. At first this seemed very good but after the first time that someone raised a question about the true identity of the seeds, it became evident that my results were fine for showing the very close similarity of the seed lipid acids in the genus but they couldn't be related to species. Now however, if some of the growers who played with these seeds can relate certain ones to the real names, my data may be more useful than I had thought. So, if those who played with these seeds had success in germinating and growing-on the plants to identifiable names, which can be related back to the names under which the seeds were obtained, I would very much like to hear from you. It would be very helpful.

Warm regards,


Victor G. Soukup PhD
University of Cincinnati
At 01:19 PM 4/28/2007 +0000, you wrote:
Dear Friends,

I would like to 're-visit' the issue from several years ago when we (or at least some of us) sent money and ordered what were supposed to be seeds of several scarce Philodendron species from a Company in S. America. As we may recall, some of these seeds that were labeled as P. saxicolum and P. adamantinum germinated and grew, but most turned out to be Philo. bipinnatifidium (P. 'selloum') or something VERY close to this species. Other vining species of Philodendron grew, and appeared in fact to be what they were labled and sold as. I have been trying to get information from other folks who ordered and grew these seeds, and have at least ONE report of plants that grew from seed labled as P. saxicolum that are NOT P. saxicolum, but also are NOT P. bipinnatifidium ("selloum")!!! They are now blooming, and the report is that some of the spathes are smaller than 'normal' and somewhat deformed, which might indicate a plant of hybrid origin. If anyone has plants that they can identify as being from this Company, please give us a report, or better yet photos of what they grew up to be!

Thanks in advance,

Julius Boos,


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