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Re: [Aroid-l] Unknown Philo from hawaii

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Unknown Philo from hawaii
  • From: abri1973@wp.pl
  • Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 22:53:16 +0200

Isn't it Ph. melanochrysum? I have one, but my plant has darker leaves and they also are velvety and brownish underside, you may compare with the specimen in my page:
Marek Argent
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 5:55 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Unknown Philo from hawaii

I received cuttings of an unusual philo from a plant collecting friend in Hawaii.  She found this plant near the east coast of Oahu and had never seen the plant before.  I planted my cuttings in May, 2006 and they have grown quickly.  I now have 10 leaves, the largest of which is now 7 1/2 inches (19cm) and the plant has climbed over 2 feet (64cm).  New leaves appear weekly.  The underside of each leaf is a pale burgundy and the face of the leaf has a velvet texture.  Each leaf opens from a "sheath" (for lack of a proper term) and the "sheath" curls up and remains after the leaf blade opens.  This is one of the fastest growing vines I have in the atrium.  When the collector sent it she said it was growing in full sun so I have placed it in the brightest portion of my atrium.  I was recently informed the county bulldozed the area where these were growing and no trace is left of the plant.  Photos are attached.  If these photos help anyone recognize the plant I'd love to know.
Steve Lucas

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