FW: Source of My Titan
Whaddayaknow! I myself was on this Symon/Hetterscheid/Attenborough
expedition....... We collected the vast majority (90%) of the titanum-seeds
from a gigantic infructescence you can see in Aroideana 19, page 14, fig.
18. I don't right now remember the infruct photo in Attenborough's book, but
you can compare it to the one in Aroideana and see if it matches. I can tell
you all that the thrill of running into such a giant fruiting monster was
overwhelming.........and then we started to pick the berries for you
people....... That was a big job. When we washed them in water to clean off
the flesh of the berries we all got terribly itchy hands. The things we
So that was the source of your titanum.
What worries me a little, people, is the great confusion already noticable
here and there about the sources of aroid material. I sure hope you all make
it a goal to keep track of your sources as much as possible. I myself depend
on you all to do this when I distribute material from the research
collection. In the event of losing valuable material here in Holland, I will
be able to trace you hoping to be able to get something back to make up for
the loss. In such cases keeping the data with the plants you recieve IS
important. O.k., enough whining....... See you in St. Louis.
Say, is it really 40+ Celsius out there?
Van: Craig M. Allen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Verzonden: maandag 2 augustus 1999 16:54
Aan: Wilbert Hetterscheid
Onderwerp: Source of My Titan
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I guess if you have gotten my e-mail you have seen the one that David Leedy
posted on Aroid-L. It makes me curious about the exact source of my titanum
seeds. My boss don't give much information when I received them. Much of
heard came from Dewey and other aroiders. I'm always interested in every
of information to permanently record with the plants. I've read both Dr.
Symon's and your articles in Aroidiana, Vol. 17, 1994
This is how I have the accession is listed:
"Don Evans, received 12 seeds from Wilbert Hetterscheid & Dr. James Symon
expedition, wild collected in Burma. 9/13/93"
Someone told me that the seeds that were collected came from the
in Attenborough's book 'The Private Life of Plants'. This doesn't seen
though it makes a great story. I think theu meant the infructescence shown
several pages later, which I'm told is Symon's photo. I know that my boss,
Evans, donated some money to fund acquiring the seeds. We also received the
seeds of Amorphophallus gigus at the same time.
I would think that our seeds came from the following trip:
"Then Jim Simon offered to get seed for all interested (I think this was
before or during the Hetterscheid trip, but a young friend of Simon's in
Sumatra was the recipient of the funds), and we each put up $100 for ten
(I think we also got some seed of 1 or 2 other rare Amorphophallus). The
ten A. titanums I donated were from this group"
I'm just curious as hell.
I think I'm getting overly fond of this group of plants. If you ever hear
sources of any of the other giant species, let me know, I haven't had an
amorphophallus fix for over a year.
Craig M. Allen
Conservatory Manager 'Windows to the Tropics'
Fairchild Tropical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Miami, Florida 33156
Tel. 305-667-1651 ext. 3320 FAX 305-661-8953
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