Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron 'Santa Leopoldina'
- Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron 'Santa Leopoldina'
- From: Bluesea <email@example.com>
- Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2007 12:50:35 -0500
Based on the photos I've seen of P.
spiritus-sancti ('Santa Leopoldina') and all the other philodendrons
erroneously called 'Santa Leopoldina', there can be no mistaking the
real thing based on the strikingly narrow leaf blade length to width
ratio. To my mind the only philodendron that can legitimately be
called 'Santa Leopoldina' is the one the Brazilian locals have endeared
with this name for perhaps centuries. And that plant is P.
There is no argument whatever to be made regarding 'first publishing
rights' of the name 'Santa Leopoldina' since it is not a scientific
name under the control of botanical nomenclature.
In any case, those who have labeled these various species and hybrids
with the name are in error, including Graf. The name 'Santa
Leopoldina' comes originally from the Brazilian people of the P.
spiritus-sancti habitat, they coined it for this particular plant, so
it cannot be placed on any other philodendron. I do understand there
are a couple of forms of spiritus-sancti with minor physical
differences, such as reddish reverse. But almost without exception,
the philodendrons being erroneously called 'Santa Leopoldina' have
little physical similarity to the real spiritus-sancti, and can be
dismissed very easily.
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