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Re: [aroid-l] Some philo questions

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Some philo questions
  • From: SelbyHort@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2002 06:58:44 EST

Hello David and All,

I am working towards getting a cultivar list for aroids at this time. The IAS 
is still the official International Cultivar Regisration Authority (ICRA) for 
aroids and I am the designated Registrar. I would gladly welcome input from 
any of you knowledgeble aroiders who know the history of some of these 
cultivars, or who have been instrumental in bringing them into cultivation. I 
have been pretty quietly drawing up a vast list of cultivar names from 
various genera and if you would like to know more about what I am doing 
please reply to me privately.

Sometime very soon, the first of several tentative checklists will go up on 
the IAS web site for comment. We will also publish some of these in the 
newsletter for people without internet access. Eventually, after the 
checklists are worked over to all our satisfaction, the IAS will publish a 
register of aroid cultivars. This will be updated periodically. It will be 
made available both online and via hard copy. We have not yet set a target 
date for the first register but some of the checklists are scheduled to 
appear this coming year online and in print. I am hoping that in another year 
or two we will have a reigster worth publishing. The success of this project 
all depends on how much help I can get.

While it is vital to register cultivars at the very beginning of their 
introduction to horticulture, an essential first step of the registration 
project is to produce lists of all known cultivar names (even bogus ones such 
as the Monstera just mentioned). The hope is that confusion will be less if 
the names are stabilized and not used more than once, so good checklists are 
the basis upon which all registration can proceed. It is very tricky to 
register a new cultivar name without knowing what names have already been 
used. Eventually we will try to obtain some decent photos and other 
documentation for existing cultivar names, but the first step is just to get 
the checklists completed, so this is where I am needing the most help. 
Naturally all documentation for new cultivars is most easily obtained right 
at the beginning when the originator has the plants in hand. Trying to get 
this information years down the road is problematic, but in some cases there 
is important information out there that can be obtained with a great deal of 
effort. Many numbers of aroid cultivars are horticulturally significant, 
therefore we urgently need to put whatever effort we can into registration.

Based upon your comments, David, I would greatly welcome your assistance!

Donna Atwood

In a message dated 12/6/2002 11:53:46 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
djleedy@netex.quik.com writes:

> There was no central registrar for the
> naming of aroid cultivars, so everyone just gave them their own name.  So
> the same or very similar cultivars will have different names, depending on
> where they came from.  I know that there was an attempt some ten or fifteen
> years to have an official aroid registrar, but I don't know if that ever
> really happened.  Maybe someone on the list can enlighten us as to the
> status of this endeavor.

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