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RE: "Arum trilobatum"???

  • Subject: RE: "Arum trilobatum"???
  • From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@worldonline.nl>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 08:57:34 -0600 (CST)

Dear Ellen,

What was that about erect? Somehow, based on an incident in the past, I
wouldn't have figured that you would ever use that word..................

Now to the matter in....errrr, at hand.....

The name Arum trilobatum of Linnaeus, if CORRECTLY applied should refer to
Typhonium trilobatum BUT in the days when the plate was prepared that you
have bought, such correctness was not the case. The name was idly misused
for the plant we now know as Typhonium roxburghii, a pan-Asian weed and
hence can be found on Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Amboina (an island of the
Moluccas). The name "Arisaeum amboynicum" daets back to the Dutch botanist
Rumphius who used this name in 1747 and also refers to Typhonium roxburghii.

All this and more in: Nicolson, D.H. & M. Sivadasan, 1981. Four frequently
confused species of Typhonium Schott (Araceae). Blumea 27: 483 - 497.


> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
> Van: aroid-l@mobot.org [mailto:aroid-l@mobot.org]Namens Ellen Hornig
> Verzonden: woensdag 19 december 2001 0:22
> Aan: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
> Onderwerp: "Arum trilobatum"???
> Hello, all.  I need some help here, being woefully ignorant of the
> tropical
> aroids.  I bought an old Curtis print on eBay (#339, dated
> 1796) depicting
> "Arum trilobatum" (Arisarum amboynicum is given as a
> synonym).  The plant
> is described as native to Amboyna (???) as well as Ceylon. Do
> these names
> ring a bell with anyone?  The text accompanting the print
> does not give
> dimensions, but indicates the leaf is more sagittate than
> otherwise (the
> lobes are fairly prominent, hence the specific epithet), and
> describes the plant thus: "It is one of the least of the
> tribe....distinguished by the rich, brown, velvety appearance of its
> flowers; the length of its tapering spadix, which on its lower part is
> full of little cavities, and resembles a piece of metal
> corroded by long
> exposure; and by the intolerable stench which the whole of
> the flower, but
> more especially the spadix, sends forth."  The picture shows
> the spathe to
> be bent back towards the ground somewhat, and the spadix to be - um -
> heartily erect.  I can e-mail a scan to anyone who thinks
> they can be helpful.
> If, BTW, anyone collects old plates of tropical aroids, feel
> free to get
> in touch (PRIVATELY)...it could be arranged.  My own
> interests lie with
> the hardy ones.
> Thanks in advance,
> Ellen
> *******************************************************************
> Ellen Hornig
> Seneca Hill Perennials
> 3712 County Route 57
> Oswego, New York 13126 USA
> USDA zone 5B (mintemps -10 to -20F)
> Phone:(315) 342-5915
> Fax: (315) 342-5573
> Website: www.senecahill.com

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