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Re: Intra-what--Structures on Mecon. Philo.'s rhizome

  • Subject: Re: Intra-what--Structures on Mecon. Philo.'s rhizome
  • From: brian lee <lbmkjm@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 18:18:34 -0700 (PDT)

Dear all,


I am sometimes guilty of assuming people understand the terms that are thrown about. I use intravaginal stipules and intravaginal squamules interchangeably...but the term squamule means small scale and when it comes to Philodendron mello-barretoanum...these structures are significant.  A taxononmist with the latest set of rules may be able to comment on this.

As far as medical afflictions go...there is a real danger of being cut badly by this species...which has sharp triangular intravaginal squamules that are floral dragon's teeth. They are about a half and inch long and very stout and stiff in my clone. 

I should have also described these serpentine stems of Philodendron mello-barretoanum as vegetative anacondas versus pythons...since we are talking the Neotropics here.  Julius, I was certain you would have picked up on this herpetological faux pas.  I am glad to self-correct myself.  Please excuse my foray into dragon fantasia.  Julius,if the forum doesn't already know...is an amazing amateur herpetologist....among other things.  Just do not annoy him at work.



--- On Mon, 7/14/08, ju-bo@msn.com <ju-bo@msn.com> wrote:

> From: ju-bo@msn.com <ju-bo@msn.com>
> Subject: [Aroid-l] Intra-what--Structures on Mecon. Philo.'s rhizome
> To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> Date: Monday, July 14, 2008, 12:07 AM
> ________________________________
> > Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 15:22:00 +0000
> > From: bonaventure@optonline.net
> > To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> > Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] My Story: How I Became a
> Meconostigma Nut
> >Intra-WHAT!?<
> Dear Bonaventure,
> They very important structures in the determination of
> species in the Philodendron group Meconostigma, and are
> correctly named "intravaginal squamules".   [See
> pg. 172  "E" of the aroid
> ''bible'', "The Genera of
> araceae".]
> But come to think of it, they do sound like some sort of
> particulalry unpleasant medical affliction that one
> sometimes wishes a particularly annoying co-worker might
> aquire.
> Julius
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