Foster's self-heading Philodendron species and hybrids
- Subject: Foster's self-heading Philodendron species and hybrids
- From: Eric Schmidt <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 07:54:12 -0800 (PST)
I'm doing research on Mulford Foster, and plant explorer and breeder who lived in Orlando. He did extensive traveling and plant exploring and collecting to Central and South America from the 1930s until the late 1950s. He is best known for his bromeliad collections and subsequent hybrids but he also collected some self heading Philodendron and made a few hybrids. 2 of the collections he made were unknown species and were just called Fosters Species 1 and Fosters Species 2. Since then I have found Species 1 was P. cymbispathum which is now known as P. brasiliense.
One hybrid he made was named P. x fosterianum and is listed as P. bipinnatifidum x P. Foster Species 1
(he also created Phildodendron 'Orlando' which is P. wendlandii x Philodendron Foster Species 2).
So my questions are;
1. Is Philodendron x fosterianum still known in cultivation ?
2. Philodendron Fosters Species 2, I haven't been able to find a name for, anyone familiar with it?
3. Is P. brasiliense (cymbispathum) in cultivation?
Two sources of information I found is an online article from the Florida State Horticultural Society from 1956 called "Some Notes on Philodendron Hybrids" by Erdman West and H.N. Miller (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station,Gainesville). In it it refers to Foster's 2 unknown species as P. Species No.1 and P. Species No. 2
Also A.B. Graf's "Exotica, Series 3 Edition 9" book has some black and white photos of these Philodendrons
Thanks for any help or information anyone might have !
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Ave.
Orlando, FL. 32803 USA
ph. # (407)-246-3749
fax # (407)-246-2849
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