Your story about slaying Philodendron mello-barretoanum pythons with teeth is great!!! The dragon slayer with a chainsaw indeed... must have been a sight to see these glorious beasts take over your kingdom in Hawaii, only to be slain (or at least diced) for their affront.
Yes, you got the author of that book correct. Moffett actually is a great ant guy as well, takes great photographs and is regularly in National Geographic, although I believe an up and coming ant photographer called Alex Wild is even better!
--- On Tue, 7/8/08, brian lee <email@example.com> wrote:
From: brian lee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[Aroid-l] My Story: How I Became a Meconostigma Nut
To: "Discussion of aroids" <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 2:51 PM
A marvelous personal journey of discovery...exploring the roots of obsession.
I have Mark W. Moffett's, High Frontier, and your tale reminded me of the
vegetative snakes of the canopy...the hemiepiphytes. This book is a great
introduction to rainforests and canopy exploration. It took me back to Brazil
and the giant lianas in the primary forests I visited. One of the so-called
monkey ladders was enormous at its base...about three feet across and flattened
to a thick plank that would be walked on with ease for quite a distance. Closer
to home, I had to slay dragons in the form of Philodendron mello-barretoanum
that grew into great serpentine pythons. They overtook large sections of my
garden and I regretted having to
slice and dice them with my chainsaw into
massive piles of compostable carnage. I have several clumps remaining...but I
needed to keep my vegetative dragons in check. This Meconostigma is one of my
favorites, but it has intravaginal stipules that are persistent, large, and
razor sharp. These dragons have teeth!
I suspect there are other obsessed souls out there interested in reading tales
of exploration in the forests. May I recommend, One River,by Dr. Wade
Davis...it tells several epic tales and both of the protagonists,are legends of
the rainforests....Dr. Richard Evans Schultes and Dr. Timothy Plowman...of
Philodendron plowmanii and Anthurium plowmanii, etc.
--- On Mon, 7/7/08, a san juan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: a san juan <email@example.com>
> Subject: [Aroid-l] My Story: How I Became a Meconostigma Nut
> Date: Monday, July 7, 2008, 11:37 AM
> The road to madness is paved with good intentions...
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