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Re: [Aroid-l] "minature" M. deliciosa??

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] "minature" M. deliciosa??
  • From: "Peter Boyce" <botanist@malesiana.com>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 06:15:23 +0800

Dear Julius and All
In the 90s while working on Rhaphidophora I investigated the so-called miniature form of M. deliciosa in cultivation in Europe (and as named in Birdsey's Cultivated Aroids as 'Dwarf Ceriman') and these plants were without exception Rhaphidophora tetrasperma from Peninsular Malaysia and southern Thailand.
At the time Josef had a large one flowering in Munich and it was from here that I obtained inflorescences to confirm the generic Id. Material from this clone was later used by one of my students Tam Shey May for molecular work on the Monstereae and embedded in the Rhaphidophora clade as sister to R. nicolsonii from Pen. Malaysia while M. deliciosa (one of she outgroups) remained clustered with Stenopsermation and a Rhodospatha. Thus morphologically (ovules/seeds) and on molecular (trn-l/trn-f) the European 'Dwarf'Deliciosa'is a Rhaphidophora.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2007 5:42 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] "minature" M. deliciosa??

> Dear All,
> A question--what is the status of the existence of a true 'minature' clone
> of Monstera deliciosa, and what, it it does exist, are the measurements of a
> MATURE leaf of this mimature?????
> I THINK I remember a discussion on this back when we exchanged ideas about
> the non-existence of the 'red-varigated' clone of the same species which, I
> believe, turned out to be a photo-shopped/modified picture of the
> white-varigated variety of this species.
> I THINK I recall someone saying that the common and BIG clone of this was a
> selection from the wild, and if one went back to the area where this plant
> occured in Coastal Mexico, one would have difficulty in finding such a large
> clone, most wild plants of this species were substantially smaller that the
> big one we see everywhere in cultivation  Worldwide.
> Any information would be welcome!
> Good Growing!
> Julius
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