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Re: Enjoy Aroid l? Please tell us where you are!

  • Subject: Re: Enjoy Aroid l? Please tell us where you are!
  • From: brian lee <lbmkjm@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2009 09:16:54 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Steve,


I live in Hawaii. 

The IAS can serve me personally by assembling all enthusiasts of Araceae together.  I love the scientific inquiry into the Family.  We have only scratched the surface and there is so much more to learn.  I believe the IAS should continue to publish Aroidiana as a benefit to the membership and that a seed and pollen bank for the continental US be set up.  The IAS could keep us informed on conservation issues that impact Araceae.  I would like to see more specialist Araceae scientists as well as ecologists, join the IAS.  I would also like to see a multitude of amateur enthusiasts join as well as specialist horticulturists.  The IAS must provide incentives for both groups as well as common ground to interact.

I have been fortunate to have traveled to Aroid habitats.  I live in Hawaii, where the culture of Kalo, or taro, is a main staple for the Hawaiians.  I specialize in Philodendron subgenus Meconostigma, but, I love to learn about all aroids.  Other genera that I grow include Anthurium, Schismatoglottis, Homalomena, Aglaonema, Colocasia, Alocasia, Amorphophallus, Monstera, etc.  I also love to eat the edible aroids and learn about the ethnobotany of these plants.  I have no boundaries.  The IAS has been a unique and valuable research and entertainment source for me.  I have met great friends as a result of the IAS and perhaps that is the best benefit of all.



--- On Wed, 8/19/09, ExoticRainforest <Steve@ExoticRainforest.com> wrote:

From: ExoticRainforest <Steve@ExoticRainforest.com>
Subject: [Aroid-l] Enjoy Aroid l? Please tell us where you are!
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 7:55 AM

I have a proposal to make to the International Aroid Society board of directors in September and would enjoy feedback from all that subscribe to Aroid l.  Please don't think you shouldn't respond just because you haven't joined the IAS.........yet.  Part of the proposal is to hopefully give you more reasons to want to join but no one is going to be calling you or flooding your inbox with mail!

Would everyone receiving these posts today hit "reply" right now and tell us what state or country you live in?  If you are willing, please also tell us what genera of Araceae you enjoy growing and if you have specific suggestions as to how the IAS can serve you personally please add a brief note. 

If nothing else, please let us know what part of the U.S. or world is your home.

Thanks to all and please do consider joining your fellow aroiders on September 19 and 20 at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, FL!  There will be lots of aroids to peruse and take home, great presentations, a wonderful tropical garden with a living rain forest to explore and great food at the Saturday night dinner!  Besides, Dr. Croat does great presentations!

Good aroid growing to all of you!

Steve Lucas

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