An amazing stroke of 'luck', the kind of story
I enjoy! Are the leaves of E. mooreenense 'variegated' as is E.
aurium, or do the specimens of each plant just match exactly in
I`m still looking for fertile material of E.
aurium here in Florida for you, but as of yet have not been lucky enough to
be present when someone fells a huge pine tree covered with the
stuff! 'Way up there' one can sometimes see what look to
be a bloom or two on 'leads' that come away from the main growth and hang
pendant, but they are way too high to collect without cutting down the
entire pine tree!
I`d love a copy of both your old and new
papers if/when they become available.
Then it is still only a
rumor as far as you know? I mean, if aureum is a
cultivar of E. pinnatum, then it's the same plant basically?
<<Not quite that straightforward (is it ever!). For a
long time the status of E. aureum was problematic. It was eventually laid to
rest by being made a cv. of the widespread and highly polymorphic E.
pinnatum. This is the stance (with the caveats that you have now
read) I took when I published my account of Epipremnum in West and
Central Malesia a few years back. However, since then I have been working on
Epipremnum in East Malesia and the Pacific. There is a plant, E. mooreense,
describe from the Pacific that was long considered to be a distinct species.
During a visit to Paris Herbarium late in 1998 I came across the type
specimen on E. mooreense (collected from a remote island mountain, not in a
cultivated place) and lo and behold, it is identical with the thing we call
cv. Aureum. In my opinion E. mooreense is the same species as E. aureum and
is DIFFERENT from E. pinnatum on the characters I outline in my paper. The
earliest name for the species is E. aureum.