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Re: [Aroid-l] A little orchid mystery that is truly an aroidmystery!

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Thanks Denis, I got a couple of responses indicating it was likely Anthurium gracile.  I gave that possible ID to the grower and he came back and said a check of some specimen photos appeared to confirm the ID.  If you believe it is A. vittarifolium I'll certainly give him that possibility as well.  I grow A. vittarifolium and you're right, the spathe and infructescence does look like his photo.
As for the orchid itself, I received this today from Dave Horak at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  "I am sure that others have probably responded to the orchid/aroid
puzzle. I cannot speak to the identity of the Anthurium in the photo of
the UBC forum link, but the orchid in the photo is very likely a
Stanhopea species that has pendant inflorescences of large flowers-all
of which are wonderful. It could be a couple of other things but it
almost certainly is a Stanhopea sp."

Dave Horak
Curator of the Orchid Collection
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
One thing is for certain, when all you guys and gals pitch in, we all seem to learn a lot.  At least I do!
Steve Lucas
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] A little orchid mystery that is truly an aroidmystery!

Bill and I both agree that it looks like a infructescence from A.vittarifolium but without a view of its pendant strap like leaves I can not verify this ID.
Silver Krome Gardens
-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 3:21 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] A little orchid mystery that is truly an aroid mystery!

I'd like to ask for the help of all you Anthurium growers out there. 
On the UBC plant discussion group there is a Canadian grower living in Ecuador who has acquired quite a large number of exotic species since moving to South America.  He's fairly knowledgeable about orchids, but less so about aroids.  He recently put up a request for information that sent several of us on a wild chase.  He thought he had an orchid that was producing an inflorescence similar to that of an Anthurium.  The problem was, he didn't realize there was both a small Anthurium and an orchid in the pot!
I was from the beginning dubious of the fact this might be an orchid but was oblivious to the obvious fact there was an Anthurium spathe hanging pendantly and a spadix filled with seed berries staring me in the face!  It was quite malformed.  But Steve Marak took a look and, after a bit of discussion, figured out what all the rest of us were missing. 
But we still don't have any idea what kind of Anthurium is in that pot!!  Would you take a look at the link and tell us if you have any idea what species this might be?  You're welcome to simply post your own conclussions on the UBC site, or post them here and I'll gladly post them over there with your name (if you wish).  This started out to be one good "orchid" mystery and if you read the link you'll understand why.

Hopefully, we can turn this fellow into an aroider!  One other reader has already signed up on Aroid l as a result.
Steve Lucas
We collect and grow many rare and
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