Re: In Xanadu did Kublai Khan a stately Pleasure Dome Decree
- Subject: Re: In Xanadu did Kublai Khan a stately Pleasure Dome Decree
- From: hermine <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 22:33:59 -0700
As far as I can learn, and Julius and I have talked about this a great
deal, the species was described from tissue cultured specimens.
That is unusual in botany but there was a great deal of info that lead
Julius with Tom and Simon Mayo's help to believe the plant was
unique. You can read about that in two different articles by Julius
found in Aroideana.
I believe the variations you appear to be describing are primarily a
result of tissue culture.
One note. Leland Miyano
believes, and I think he has actually seen a plant in Brazil that is very
much like P. xanadu but is larger. I also have a friend that
lives near Mexico City that brought back seeds from Brazil some 20 years
ago (well before tissue culture was popular) and his plants are identical
to those we see in tissue culture but stay perpetually smaller than the
ones Leland describes.
This I have already heard! so you can imagine confusion!
I'm sure you know that a great deal
of the forest in Brazil has been devastated so many species will likely
never be found in the wild.
Yes, I am afraid i know this.....
I've been fortunate enough to
receive four plants from the collection of Roberto Burle-Marx that were
apparently wild collected but there is zero collection data.
He has been a favourite of both of us for decades!
If we can get Leland to chime in I believe he can tell you about the
plants he has seen including the one that may well be the original parent
of P. xanadu!
I would be very interested to see this!
Herm , you must be seeing some strange things with Xanadu tags on them ,
as I only know it as a small clumping self-header with pinnate dark green
Is know a species .
Indeed, I have which is what provoked my question in the
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