Re: Venezuelan Aroids
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>Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 21:14:44 -0600
>Subject: Venezuelan Aroids
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>Just last night, I got back from three weeks in Venezuela. I would
>to report a little bit on the Aroids I saw there.
>Unfortunately, I was only able to make one short trip into the cloud
>forest in the Cordillera de Merida. However, while there, I saw that
>epiphytic Anthurium (I believe it may have been A. nymphaeifolium) was
>bloom, with pink and red spathes. A terrestrial Anthurium was not in
>I spent two weeks in the dry forest of southwestern Barinas State.
>There, I saw an abundance of Philodendron (likely P. fraternum) and
>Syngonum, and lesser numbers of Monstera, whose local common name is
>de Pollo"--chicken-guts. None of these were in bloom, except possibly
>one Philodendron plant.
>To get from Merida to the site in Barinas, I traveled through Tachira
>San Cristobal. Along the highways, especially near settlements, were
>colonies of Xanthosoma, possibly escaped from gardens (Tannia).
>(Taro) was much more rarely seen. In the Cordillera de Merida, many
>in villages had blooming Zantedeschia aethiopica, known as "Flower of
>Dead," and presumably planted for ornamental purposes.
>I have not yet had time to have my photos developed, but when they are,
>will see which ones have come out. In the meantime, I have a question
>for those of you who are also members of the Heliconia society. In
>State was an abundant pasture "weed" which had the classic
>leaf, but growing a branching stem and with a panicled inflorescence.
>ideas what it was? Or will I have to wait for my pictures?
Jason what you described is defiantly a Calathea ,but would need your
picture for identification. Tricia
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