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Re: Foster's self-heading Philodendron species and hybrids

  • Subject: Re: Foster's self-heading Philodendron species and hybrids
  • From: Johannes Moonen <emeraldjunglevillage@wanadoo.fr>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 07:08:23 -0300

Hi Eric & All,

In the Guianas I think we have no aroids that are called after Mulford  

But just for your information, we have plenty Bromelia fosteriana  
growing wild in the (savanna) forest right in the back of our lodge in  
Fr Guiana. I also found this species in savanne forests near Zandery  
airport in Surinam.

If you are going to publish about Mulford Foster, please keep us  

Best wishes,     Joep

On Dec 8, 2010, at 12:54 PM, Eric Schmidt wrote:

> 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
> http://www.fshs.org/Proceedings/Password%20Protected/1956%20Vol.%2069/343-347%20(WEST).pdf
> 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 !
> Eric Schmidt
> Botanic Records
> Harry P. Leu Gardens
> 1920 N. Forest Ave.
> Orlando, FL.  32803  USA
> eric.schmidt@cityoforlando.net
> ph. #  (407)-246-3749
> fax #  (407)-246-2849
> www.leugardens.org
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