I first received this note I didn't notice it was from Aroid l and
assumed incorrectly it came directly from Beth For those of you who
don't know, Beth Campbell is an "aroid nut" living in Ecuador and she
and I have exchanged quite a few notes. I sent photos to Beth of a new
Philodendron I now have in hopes she might be able to learn more
about the habitat, adult size and any other notes on the plant, thus my
note which I assumed incorrectly went directly to Beth.
has located a beautiful new Anthurium species (possibly more
than one) which has yet to be described that she brought to Tom's
attention. The plant has ornate leaves that are roughly cordate/ovate
with a spathe that is yellowish trimmed in burgundy/pink and a and
beautiful spadix that is on the pink side as well. Beth, if possible
please post your photos since I have a feeling a lot of Anthurium
collectors would love to eventually have a specimen.
I ran off at length about my unidentified Philodendron collected
near Limón, Ecuador I thought
some of you Philodendron nuts might like to see the plant which
appears to be an unidentified species according to Dr. Croat. I
acquired the plant at the September IAS show in Miami directly from
Ecuagenera and immediately took it to Tom for a possible I.D. Dr.
Croat examined my specimen and does not appear to believe this
Philodendron has been identified to science. Limón is between
Quito and Guayaquil. Although I've tried to gain more
information on exactly where the plant was collected, to date I know
My Philodendron appears to be a climbing vine with
bullate (puffy) slightly coriaceous pendent leaves. The petioles are
shallowly "C" shaped and the total length of the blade and petiole
is approximately 3 feet (90cm). The petioles alone are about 12 inches
(30cm) and the blades are presently around 24 inches (60cm). The mid
rib of the leaf is sulcate and has numerous parallel grooves and the
upper blade (adaxial surface) is highly glossy while the underside
(abaxial surface) is matte. The underside of the blade is bicolorous.
The stem of the plant is approximately 1.5 inches (3.8cm) thick and has
what appears to be pubescence (hair). To date, the plant has not added
any new leaves so I do not know anything about the cataphylls nor has
it produced an inflorescence. Ecuagenera brought only one specimen of
this plant to the show so I am not certain if anyone else has acquired
a specimen although I suspect at least one other exists in southern
California. I have given two smaller cuttings to two other serious
collectors in Florida in hopes they can grow the plant to its full size
quicker than I can in an artificial rain forest environment in NW
begun to collect as detailed notes as possible and in March or April
plan to take the specimen to Dr. Croat in St. Louis for futher
examination. It is my hope he will be able to observe the specimen in
the wild and eventually publish the plant as a species. You can see
the plant in my photos attached. If anyone else has this plant I'd
love to hear from you privately.
hope all of you have a great holiday season!
Since Dr Croat now has a new
research assistant in Ecuador I'm sure the new year will bring new
Beth, If you come across any info on my bullate leaved Philodendron
supposed collected near Limón, Ecuador I'd love to know more.
I've begun to describe it according to the rules laid out by Dr. Croat
in hopes he will be able to observe and collect it in the wild at some
point in the future. But as you know, without the proper field notes
the plant cannot be scientifically described. Perhaps you can help to
fill in the gaps, especially if it is purely an epiphyte, the maximum
size of the blades and the appearance of the inflorescence. The stem
on my specimen is quite thick so I suspect the specimen I have is a
field collected specimen and not one that was cultivated. For some
reason the guys at Ecuagenera are suddenly very hesitant to provide any
Good luck in your searches for new species! I'd love to be able to be
there to help.
Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo from Ecuador! May the
new year bring new species!
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