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Re: Few: Schismatoglottis species

  • Subject: Re: Few: Schismatoglottis species
  • From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 18:40:43 -0500

Dear Pete:


            You are correct, all the species of Homalomena that I know smell strongly of anise and even the flower may gives off a strong scent of anise at night when they are in flower (perhaps they all do this but I am rarely collecting at night).




From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Peter Boyce
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 8:10 PM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Fw: Schismatoglottis species


Hi George, Christopher & folks,


There are two easy ways to distinguish non-flowering Homalomena from Schismatoglottis. First is that all Homalomena have striate higher order (2 & 3-order) venation (see attached image) and thus the leaves resemble those of Philodendron (to which Homalomena is related)


The second is that the vegetative tissues of almost all Homalonena, and certainly all that could be mistaken for a Schismatoglottis, are strongly aromatic. The Asian species smell of a variety of things, including lime oil, ginger, mango peel and pine or juniper resin; the neotropical species mostly (all - Tom?) smell of anise.


There is a minor caveat on the smell character: there are two complexes of Schismatoglolttis with aromatic foliage (the nervosa and multinervia complexes). However, almost none of these are in general cultivation and even when they do appear in collections the non-striate higher order venation immediately distinguishes them.



----- Original Message -----

From: George Yao

Sent: Monday, June 23, 2008 9:33 PM

Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Fw: Schismatoglottis species



Add Homalomena to the list. Some look so similar to Schismatoglottis that you can only distinguish them by their inflorescences, at least to us laymen.

George Yao

At 6/22/2008 11:17 AM, you wrote:

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Wow. Okay, so is there an easy way to separate Schismatoglottis, Alocasia, Colocasia and Xanthosoma just by the leaves?
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Hi Leyland,
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