>From: "hanson, skip" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Philo. Simondsii
>Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2004 23:30:46 -0400
Dewey is a friend of mine and also was a friend of Monroe, so your plant came from Dr. Birdsey`s collection which was collected on Trinidad, W.I.! No need for a photo, I know the plant well! Enjoy, and yes, it needs a totem to grow on, a 5" dia. roll of chicken-type wire packed very tightly (use a broom-stick to ram the sphagnum tightly) and kept moist works well.
>Thanks for the information Julius. I bought the plant a few years ago from
>Dewey Fisk. It languished
>for quite awhile at first and I thought it was finished. Then one day it
>started to grow and has been
>doing great ever since. I have several leaves that are already 18" long. I
>guess I should create a "large
>trunk" for it to feel more at home. I can send you pictures if you want ?
> I believe P. simondsii was described by Dr. Simon Mayo of Kew Gardens, U.K.
>in an early Aroideana as occuring in Trinidad, W.I. It was subsequently
>said to be a naturally occuring hybrid betwee two other Philo. sps. native
>to Trinidad, I do not recall the names of these parent species. It should
>be a medium sized climbing plant, the leaves about 18-24" long. It grows
>in nature by climbing the trunks of fairly large forest trees. My friend
>the late Dr. Monroe Birdsey had this growing at his wonderful home in Miami
>and took great pride in showing me this plant native to my 'home-country'.
>May I ask where you obtained your plant??
> > Hello. Does anyone have information on Philo. Simondsii ? I have one
> >growing now that is
> > about 4 feet tall and I am curious to know how big it will get ? I would
> >also like to know any
> > cultivation tips for this plant. It seems to be doing quite well in my
> >home here is Northern Ca.
> >Thank you,