Re: not an aroid question

          it's probably a Medinilla, family Melastomaceae.  don't ask me 
          how to grow it 'cause i killed one in my apartment in new 
          york.  it is probably no problem growing it outdoors in miami. 
           it's a gorgeous shrub from southeast asia.
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Subject: not an aroid question
Author:  PC at INTERNET
Date:    1/16/97 12:08 PM

I'm going to be obnoxious and ask a non-aroid question here.  I apologize 
but am going to be asking everywhere till I track down the info.
While I was in Miami last week, I went to a nursery.  There, I found a 
plant that I hadn't seen before.  I bought 3 rooted cuttings of it.  The 
owner called it a Mandanella.
No, it's not a Mandevilla.  I have several of those, know they used to be 
called Dipladenia and recognize them a mile away.
I dragged out my copy of the Exotica to try to describe the plant.  This is 
tougher than I thought.  
It has smooth edged (entire) elliptic shaped leaves that are arranged in an 
opposite pattern.  The leaves are thick, have pinnate venation (although 
you can't see the sub-branches as shown in the Exotica).  The leaf 
attachment is halfway between stalked and sessile though closer to sessile.
The flowers are in my memory only and I haven't seen it for 5 days.  What I 
recall, though, reminded me of some bromeliad flowers I've seen.  I looked 
through the exotica, can't find the exact one it reminded me of, but the 
closest I can come is Aechmea gracilis.  The mass of flowers was perhaps 
4-5 inches long and 1 inch wide.  They looked like pink match heads with 
blue tips.  (...or was it blue matchheads with pink tips?  No, I think the 
So with this kind of a vague description, can anyone help?  (I feel like 
some of the people I know who ask about a plant they have at home.  "It's 
big and has pretty red flowers.")
I apologize for diverting attention from aroids.

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