Re: The Origin of Alocasia 'Black Velvet'

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To: <>
Date: Monday, July 06, 1998 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: The Origin of Alocasia 'Black Velvet'

   >>  I have been curious about Alocasia `Black Velvet' for some time: in
     fact it is one of the things I was hoping someone might be able to
     send me a preserved specimen (even a leaf) of, so that I could put a
     species name to it.

     The name does not appear in the index of Burnett's account: have I
     missed something?

     Alistair Hay<<

Dear Alistair,
I have been attempting to forward my letter to Elke Seubert (which she did
not answer) to your url, and there must be a problem of some sort (it may be
me, as I`m not that good on the computer as yet), but the post master keeps
returning the post as "Nondeliverable mail", no matter how carefully I type
in the address that is above your posts to me or the Aroid-l group.  You do
seem to receive my mail if I punch the "reply to sender" button on my
computer, as I am presently doing.
Any ideas on what could be wrong, or do you have a less complicated address
to which I could forward mail?
I will be answering your letter to me re: the seed paper soon.

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Subject: The Origin of Alocasia 'Black Velvet'
Author:  <> at mailgate
Date:    7/6/98 8:05 AM

Geoffrey and All,

Alocasia 'Black Velvet' is a cultivar I named circa six years ago.  I
got it from the Lyon Arboretum, Hawaii.  I don't recall what they called
it, and I gave it what I thought to be a catchy commercial moniker.  The
Lyon purportedly received it from a collector in
Japan.  From there the origin becomes murky.  The legend I pass on is
that a Japanese orchidologist discovered the species while botanising
for orchids in Borneo.  The orchidologist either collected a single
individual or only succeeded with cultivating one individual as I have
only seen the clone A. 'Black Velvet' in collections and in tissue
culture production (  The orchidologist kept
the attractive plant's origin a secret for fear of over collection, wild
population descimation, habitat destruction, etc.  There is an image of
a tetraploid clone of A. 'Black Velvet' that I selected from a tissue
culture population some years ago at .  You can probably
find another yourself as the tissue culturing seems to produce many of

Maybe Dr. Hay can give us a species name for this stunning Alocasia.  By
the way, it is one of many stunning Alocasia species that are described
very nicely in David Burnett's Aroideana edition Vol. 7, 3-4 "Cultivated
Alocasia", .

Best Regards,  Scott

Scott Hyndman
Winter Park, Florida
USDA  Hardiness Zone 9a

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