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Re: Found the Giant Belolonchium in the Wild!

  • Subject: Re: Found the Giant Belolonchium in the Wild!
  • From: <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 16:37:43 +0000

Dear Elizabeth,

I`m certain that the next time Tom visits Ecuador this one might be on his agenda to see and collect specimens of!  Anything you can do to move this along for him, like the collection of sexual material dried in Quito, photos, etc. I`m certain he will be appreciative of, as it may not be in a fertile state when he visits.
Before I forget, I wish to thank you for that wonderful snippet of information you passed on to me some time ago about your Shuara friends collecting, transporting and cultivating Caladium steudnerifolium from nature to their home veggie plot, also that they believe in it as a love charm, which parallels the paper I have sent you copies of from 1917, on the Benas (charms) of the Amerindians of Br. Guiana.
I look forward to hearing what info. you can glean from your friends on the new species of Caladium from E. Ecuador (Aroideana 2009, in press) in their wonderful lives.
Of course my ultimate goal for whan I pass on would be for SOMEONE to pick up the ball, as it were, and continue the studies on the Ethnobotanical importance of aroids in the lives of Amerindians, a task started by Richard Evans Schultes, Tim Plowman and others.



From: desinadora@mail2designer.com
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2009 06:43:10 -0700
Subject: [Aroid-l] Found the Giant Belolonchium in the Wild!

Hi folks! A while back you may recall that we were discussing a giant-leaf Anthurium from Sec. Belolonchum from the Quito Botanical Gardens, which Dr. Croat identified as a new species. I was told to go out and find it in the wild. Well, after nearly a year of searching pretty much all of Ecuador, it was right under my nose on the other side of Rucu Pichincha! I've found seriously giant plants, about 15' tall with the trunks, growing on the margins of the Rio Nambillo. This plant produced leaves nearly 7' long by my estimate, and had a number of immature inflorescences on it. I was visiting friends and since I didn't expect anything exciting I didn't have my camera with me - so no new photos of the plants as yet. I'm returning to take a type specimen later this year, when some of the inflorescences will be ripe - this way I can also collect seed.

My previous photos of this giant NOID are at


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