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Re: [Aroid-l] A couple of questions about a few Homalomenas

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] A couple of questions about a few Homalomenas
  • From: "Peter Boyce" botanist@malesiana.com
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 13:53:54 +0800

Hi Michael
You could well be correct about 'Purple Sword' - all I was saying was that the plant we have, which if itself a commercial purchase - is a Schismat.
I agree with you 100% about Schismat. and Homalomena being a rival for most foligage plants. Anothe thing we've found is that they are both a whole lot less twitchy than Alocasia.
The good news (well, we hope it's good news!) is that we've got several Schismats in the lab. now and several more in the process of beng introduced. All being well we'll be offering the first of these towards the end of '06.
We're also in the process of introducing several Homalomena including the extraordinary H. havilandii.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2006 9:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] A couple of questions about a few Homalomenas

Peter,  thanks.
I was under the impression Purple Sword was a hybrid by John Banta but I could be wrong.  It looks alot like Schismattoglottis concinna illustrated on Aroideana Vol. 5, No. 2,  April 1982 except that the undersides of the leaves are a deep maroon. 

I dont understand why we dont have more Schismattoglottis and Homalomena species avialable since their beauty rivals just about any of the common houseplants out their...especially with their wide range of markings and variegation.  I know a few dealers out their sell some nice ones...especially Asiatica...but I think they need to be a little more common since they are really not that hard to grow given a little warmth and humidity. 
Thanks again!

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