Several of us are attempting to research an unusual
Anthurium sp. That aroid appeared on the cover of the 1989 issue
of Aroideana, Volume 12, 1-4. (see attached) It is a most
unusual Anthurium sp. That photo was taken by renowned collector
Dorothy Henkle (now deceased). Little has been written (that I can find)
regarding this plant other than this quote on the inside of the issue:
"Anthurium species (section Cardiolonchium)
collected by Dorothy Henkle 1981 in central Colombia at 6,000 feet. Leaf
is six feet one inch long and almost dwarfs Jack Henkle. Grown by Dorothy
Henkle. Photo by Dorothy Henkle." Little else is known
about the Henkle specimen and no one appears to know what happened to the
rare plant, which may be an species unknown to science, after
As a member of section Cardiolonchium, the surface of
the plant would be velvety in appearance. Noted members of that section
include A. crystallinum Linden & André, A.
magnificum Linden, A.
regale Linden and A. warocqueanum
J. Moore. It is somewhat similar to specimens of
Anthurium angamarcanum Sodiro and Anthurium
marmoratum Sodiro. Dr.
Croat has indicated to those of us researching this plant those species are
likely one and the same. However, Dr. Ron Kaufmann has found an odd
species in northern Ecuador which strongly resembles the Henkle plant. He
is currently calling it Anthurium marmoratum but appears to believe it
is a new species. (Correct me if I'm wrong Ron). No one is
certain if it is the same, or simply resembles her plant.
Dorothy moved to Hawaii and collectors there have acquired
many of her specimens. I'm in hopes someone there still has this specimen
and can help us with additional photos.
If you ever saw this specimen in person and have photos, we'd
love to hear from you as well!
If you were privileged to have seen this plant and have photos
or information you are willing to share, I'd love to hear from you. If you
have any information at all about this specimen, I'd love to hear from
you. If you know where the plant now resides, I'd really love to hear from
We're especially interested in photos showing the vein
structure, and spathe and spadix the plant may have produced, and any
measurements you may have taken. Obviously, this one grows much larger
than similar species. And don't worry, I'm not going to try to buy your
plant if you have Dorothy's plant! I won't even tell where it
resides if you don't want that information made public. I just want to
learn more about the species. We have some theories regarding the
specimen but need more information to pursue learning if they are even remotely