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Re: Philodendron sp. 'Burle-Marx Fantasy'

  • Subject: Re: Philodendron sp. 'Burle-Marx Fantasy'
  • From: brian lee <lbmkjm@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 08:58:26 -0800 (PST)

Dear Corey,


I can clear up some of the confusion with Philodendron associated with the name, Burle Marx.

First of all, there is the species, Philodendron burle-marxii.  It is very distinct in that it has pendant long bladed leaves.  It is a slow climber with rather short internodes.  

Second, is a cultivar with the name, Philodendron 'Burle Marx'.  It has prominent back lobes and fasciated or flattened stems that tend to branch copiously.  It is a fast rambling vine.  There is also an un-named(?) Philodendron that came from Roberto Burle-Marx, that does not have the fasciated stems, and smaller leaf blades, but, looks very similar to the cultivar in general characters.

Third is the Philodendron 'Burle-Marx Fantasy', a vining species with beautifully marked juvenile leaves that lose this character when the leaves mature.  

I have only seen Philodendron burle-marxii in flower, and it tends to bloom with three inflorescences per petiole.  The interior of the spathe is whitish, at least on the top portion.



From: Corey W <cewickliffe@gmail.com>
To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 30, 2012 5:56 PM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron sp. 'Burle-Marx Fantasy'

Tom, I was the one who posted the first bit asking for more information on 'Burle Marx Fantasy' and provided the link. I figured if anyone was interested I would pursue either getting a higher resolution copy of that photo (which would be larger with more detail) and/or follow up with the company to get ahold of the photographer and ask the locality the photo was taken at. I am very interested in learning more about this species as a whole, and I am a researcher so anything to help science LOL.
Hermine - are we talking the same plant? I know there is a 'Burle Marx' (which I don't know much about but it is a large green plant that I'm not sure if it is a species or hybrid) and 'Burle Marx Fantasy'  which is a small, slow growing, grey-green leaf with darker markings on the veins. The photo is right on for my plant, if not a bit more green likely from processing (likely HDR or just trying to make up for low light). This is not the juvenile form of 'Burle Marx', but a completely different plant from the same source. Often when I talk about 'Burle Marx Fantasy' there is confusion for those who haven't seen it, and I hope not to start or continue confusion over it. I don't even know if anyone has even managed to flower it.
Best, Corey
On Dec 30, 2012 6:56 PM, "Hermine Stover" <hermine@endangeredspecies.com> wrote:

I am laughing that you ask my permission!  Please, go and ask, with my blessings....by the way I later got some more Burle Marx from Jerry Horne in  Miami FL. sometimes i bought plants of the same advertised name in order to see if they were really the same. in fact, I still do this. I remember seeing this picture in EXOTICA in the Brooklyn Public Library reference section and having a conniption fit of desire over it. middle 1960's when i was sort of an infant.


Dear Hermine:
I wanted to suggest that we send this to a couple of my friends in Brazil for their comments. Would this be ok with you?
Sorry that I asked about this. I did not realize that I still had the message.  I will, with Hermineâs permission contact my Brazilian friends.

From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [ mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Hermine Stover
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 11:38 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron sp. 'Burle-Marx Fantasy'
At 01:48 PM 12/26/2012, you wrote:

Does anyone know the history of this plant? I found a stock photo of what looks like this species that may be growing in the wild....


I have grown Burle Marx for years, starting with some small plant I got at Roehr's in New Jersey in the late sixties. something about this photo looks highly massaged, and I do not know if it is colour enhancement or what, since I do not have those fancy programs to do that.  As I recall, many of us plant people in NY and Massachussets who had the greenhouse facilities, grew this plant and many of us got them from Roehr's Nursery in East Rutherford New Jersey, a magical place.


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