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Re: Name for Giraffe Knee

-----Original Message-----
From: Sampson <wiz@texas.net>
To: ju-bo@msn.com <ju-bo@msn.com>
Date: Friday, February 19, 1999 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: Name for Giraffe Knee

>Alistair, Jonathan, Peter, Dewey, Julius and others on the list--Thank you
for letting me know the name of this Plant!  I appreciate it.<<

Dear Lucy,
Glad to be of help!   Before I continue, a word of caution--- growing and
collecting Aroids is VERY addictive!!  The group of 'rascals' you mention
above are all hopeless addicts, and have been for many years, so this may be
the time to go to K-Mart and buy an African Daisy or something else!!!   If
NOT, a few suggestions---  If you do not have a heated green house and if it
gets to below 40degs F. where you plan to grow these plants, perhaps the
best way to go would be to only get Aroids that go dormant in winter, in
other words the tuberous ones.   Several (many!) will be available from
members on this list, such as Anchomanes sps., Amorphophallus sps.,
Pseudodracontium sps., all old world; then there will be the wild collected
species of Caladium, and other New World 'odd balls' such as Dracontium,
Taccarum, Spathicarpa, etc.   All of these will be available from time to
time, and you should be able to grom these during the warm months, and when
they go dormant the pots can be stored in a warm place till the warm weather
is back.  If you have a heated g/house, the possibilities will be endless,
and your space will soon be at a premium!!

>The history of this plant is that I have done volunteer work at the
Botanical gardens here and I got this pot from the pile of things they were
throwing out.  No live green anything showing or from what I could tell
would be coming up.   The side of pot says cabbage flower on it and the
Bonsai store tag too.   I took it home and watered it, and in a few weeks a
very large and interesting shoot emerged, I NEVER say anything like it
before!!   My husband and I were so excited and I poured through my books to
see what it could be.  Not until I found the Aroid Society pages did I even
have an idea what this was. (Note here: if I took it back to the gardens
after rescuing it from the trash they would most likely reclaim it with out
telling me even what it was and I would have no fun with it.  They didn't
let us have any extras etc. except from the trash bin. Sigh...)  That was
last April or May and it is still going strong.  It didn't bloom and I don't
even know if it is supposed to.<

You got lucky in finding the semingly empty pot in the trash, keep looking,
you may find something else!!!   Also search their collections and see what
other species of Aroid are in their main collection, as some probuce MANY
'pups' which they may discard from time to time, or they may pot them up for
any plant sales they may have.
Your plant may eventually bloom, and it will produce a 'typical' aroid
spathe and spadix on a long peduncle (stem).

Good luck with you educational programs involving plants, and hopefully you
will receive plant lists from some of our members who do sell these
wonderful plants.

Lucy Sampson

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