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RE: [Aroid-l] Seeds of Protarum

  • Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Seeds of Protarum
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 10:28:07 +0000

From : 	Alistair Hay <ajmhay@hotmail.com>
Reply-To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : 	Friday, December 29, 2006 5:57 AM
To : 	aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject : 	RE: [Aroid-l] Seeds of Protarum

Dear Tom,

I have two suggestions--
1) Many years ago ( 4 or5 ? ) there was a note to aroid-l from a Gentleman who asked what aroids might be found on the Seychelles, as he was about to make a trip there, (I believe he might have been of Indian origins based on my memory of his name) so I replied to the list w/ collecting info., so just maybe if someone did a dillegent search of the aroid-l, archives, they might just come up w/ his name, etc., and MAYBE he collected seed? Or--- maybe the Gentleman in question is still a 'lurker' to aroid-l, may read this post, and contact us. The second is that you drop our mutal friend old Josef a note (he does not 'do' e-mail), surely he must have dried material of this plant in his extensive collections?
My Best to Vic, and Happy New Year to all at your end.

Good Growing,

Julius>>I may have some in  spirit. Any good?


   From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
   Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
   To: "Aroid-L (E-mail)" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
   Subject: [Aroid-l] Seeds of Protarum
   Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 12:14:40 -0600

   Dear Aroiders:

Dr. Victor Soukup, a fellow aroider, working at the University of Cincinnati on an analysis of fatty acids in Aroid seeds is nearing the completion of his study but still is lacking seeds of the genus Protarum. This genus has been shown to be highly important in his phylogenetic survey generated by this study. Does anyone know anyone growing Protarum or know of anyone living in the region of the Seychelles where it is endemic. I had the plant in cultivation some years back but with only a single individual I was unable to generate berries. We do not need fresh seeds and can use seeds from herbarium material so long as they are not very old. Does anyone have access to an herbarium where they might have herbarium material of this genus (it is monotypic-one species only). I would appreciate any information you have about the possibility of gettting access to seeds of this species for Vic's study which is a very important one.


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