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Re: [Aroid-l] Arum italicum ID

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Arum italicum ID
  • From: "Steve Ritchey" <sritchey@shreve.net>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 11:37:00 -0500

I've often wondered if 'Pictum' might have originally been used for a clone
of  italicum that really was splashed instead of veined.  If so,  it isn't
anymore and is considered synonomous with Marmoratum ( at least in
commerce ) and should probably be dropped to avoid confusion with the
species Arum pictum.  A. pictum is much smaller, only  growing  8" tall here
in the deep south.  Its leaves really are 'pictumized', but with purple
instead of silver or yellow.  The entire inside of the spathe is dark
purple, spadix dark brown.

I have plain leaved italicums with both solid pale yellow spathes and ones
that are purple only at the base.There are probably a lot more variations
than this.  Seedlings from Pictum/ Marmoratum are highly variable, so you
might enjoy growing them and making your own selection.:-)

I don't have enough mild cool weather for them to ever become  rampant as
they do in the PNW, so no need to warn me about how  'invasive'  they can be

I have plain leaved italicums that are both
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "plantsman" <plantsman@prodigy.net>
To: "Aroid-L" <Aroid-L@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 5:13 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Arum italicum ID

> For several years, I've been growing several varieties of what were sold
> me as Arum italicum.  I've got a group of the small variegated leaved
> variety that were sold as A. italicum 'Pictum' that I know is now a
> subspecies.  I've also got several others that were just called A.
> in another group.  These are much larger plants, with very large
> hastate leaves and get at least two feet tall.  I seem to recall that
> large corms were rather long and narrow when planted.  Some of them have
> green leaves and others have silver areas.  I've also noticed a variation
> among the spathes, although I've not kept up with which color leaf had
> spathe.  Some are a pale green, others have a definite purple interior and
> others just a light flush of purple down deep.  Are these all A. italicum
> possible different species?  I've had a devil of a time finding pictures
> any of this family.  I've just harvested the seed heads from all of these
> and contemplating what to do with them.   Thanks!
> David Sizemore
> Kingsport, TN (Zone 6a)
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