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
Curator of the Orchid Collection
One thing is for certain, when all you guys and gals pitch in,
we all seem to learn a lot. At least I do!
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Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 8:40
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
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.