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[aroid-l] A polyschistum (taxonomy)

  • Subject: [aroid-l] A polyschistum (taxonomy)
  • From: pascal vieu p_vieu@yahoo.fr
  • Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 16:43:51 +0200 (CEST)

Dear all,

There are only two names which look similar :
Anthurium polystictum Sodiro 1905 (Ecuador)
Anthurium polyschistum R.E.Schult. & Idrobo 1959 (South America, common in

The ultimate (in my opinion) resources for the plant names is the IPNI
(http://www.ipni.org/index.html), although the Genus Anthurium is much more
detailed in aroid.org (the synonymy seems rather complete)

Best regards,

Pascal Vieu
Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest
29200 BREST

hi tsuh yang,

as far as I know , it really is  'polyschistum'...  I'm guessing (via a
dictionary - I'm not a classical scholar) that the name comes from
classical Greek  'polu-' (many) and 'skhistos' (divided), perhaps
referring to the divided leaves.

Meanwhile there is also Polystichum, the genus name of the shield fern /
Christmas fern which you might be familiar with? (I once grew, and
killed, one of those - about the same time as I did the same to the poor
Anth. polyschistum.)



Eugene Hoh
Sydney, Australia

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