Re: Steve's pages ARE science
- Subject: Re: Steve's pages ARE science
- From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
- Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2008 22:51:47 -0500
Thank you for your kind
remarks. I think that you are doing a great job and a service to all of us.
Keep up the good work.
firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Subject: [Aroid-l] Steve's pages
Ted, Leland, Julius and all the rest who often help. When I first began
this website almost 3 years ago I knew basically what all of us could find in
non-scientific literature. But then I had the great opportunity to meet
Tom Croat. After that meeting and a personal tour of the largest
collection of section Pachyneurium Anthurium
sp. on the face of the planet I began to order Dr. Croat's journals so I could
try to educate myself about the wonderful world of aroids. About that
time Julius began to send some notes to try to help me straighten out the
kinks, and believe me, there were lots of kinks! And almost immediately
at the same time Joep Moonen, Leland and too many people to name including Russ
Hammer who edits just about every page began to send me their
observations. Man, did I love that!
Rather than my trying to write the pages with little background in
what I was trying to write I had an incredible resource of information become
available. Dr. Croat was also incredibly kind to answer my crazy
questions, sometimes late into the night as did Dr. Eduardo Gonçalves, Pete
Boyce, Alistair Hay, Simon Mayo, Ron Kaufmann, Windy Aubrey and many, many
others. I had the opportunity to learn "botany" from the best
in the field, both scientists and growers just like us. And that is when
the ExoticRainforest began to turn into what it is now becoming.
So, as much as I appreciate the notes here, I appreciate even more the
help in making the information readable, understandable and as close as
possible accurate with today's known science. I change something on one
or more pages almost every day since I'm constantly learning something
new. What an inexpensive but valuable education for me! Once again,
thanks to all of you who help all the time. The ExoticRainforst isn't
just my pages, I like to think of them as our pages. They are just
my notes so I can go back again and again to refresh my memory! So thanks
again to all of you who provide information and especially photographs!
Please keep the information coming and I promise I will update any page
that needs to be "fixed" at any time. But one request! If
any of you have the three Anthurium
species I named earlier and you are willing to sell (and they match the
scientific description), please send me a note!!!
I also wanted to chime in here. As a newbie, Steves pages are an
incredibly valuable resource. Since he has no obligation to mask his
findings and understanding in the obscure and dense language of what is
currently accepted as 'scientific literature', he presents an unparalleled
resource for the novice, as well as promulgating recent findings and advances
in a format that is accessible. This allows the uninitiated to think
more clearly about the subject, and stimulates new thoughts and ideas.
This in turn promotes further inquiry, and serves the purposes of both
scientist and hobbyist.
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