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Re: Aroids in the Movies

  • Subject: Re: Aroids in the Movies
  • From: "mossytrail" <mossytrail@hctc.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2009 17:29:47 -0800

I have the complete first season of Gilligan's Island, and I
just can't get over that their "uncharted island" is
vegetated with so many cultivated ornamental flowers.

Jason Hernandez
Naturalist-at-Large

> 
> Dear Ted,
> 
> Most interesting!  Was the Anthurium bloom a ''typical''
> A. andreanum bloom (Hawaiian "special") or perhaps a wax
> mock-up?    I too tend to take note of plants used as
> back-drops in movies, and am amazed at the Sabal palms in
> Viet Nam, and all the cultivated palm species, vining
> Monstera and Philodendron, Alocasias and other genera of
> aroids, etc. which seem so very common, even feral on all
> these many film sets! :--)
> 
> The Best,
> 
> Julius
> 
> Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 14:41:31 -0500
> From: oppenhauser2001@gmail.com
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Subject: [Aroid-l] Aroids in the Movies
> 
> Dear Friends of Horticulture,
>  
> Yesterday my wife and I were watching an old Sherlock
> Holmes movie titled "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes",
> dating from 1939 (Basil Rathbone). In it the arch-villain,
> Moriarty (played by George Zucco), turned out to be a big
> plant aficionado. Although a ruthless criminal, he is
> devoted to his plants. His manservant has committed the
> crime of failing to water his plant, obviously an aroid.
> Moriarty then says that this plant is the extremely choice
> Anthurium magenta. I was skeptical about the species name,
> but the Anthurium half came across clear and bold. (Maybe
> the magenta part is a cultivar description.) Then Moriarty
> wistfully clips off the bloom (correct, for Anthurium) and
> places between the pages of a book he is using to try to
> steal the British crown jewels.
> 
>  
> Every once in a while cultivated plants come up when
> watching a movie. Many times it's an orchid. On the
> current "Lost" program there are always aroids drifting in
> and out in the background but these are there purely for
> decorative purposes. This is the first time I recall
> seeing an aroid followed by an educated name attached.
> 
>  
> Has anyone seen other aroids mentioned in film? It would
> be nice if a plant person who was not a sociopath were
> involved.
>  
> Ted Held
> 

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