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Re: Ecuadorian aroids

  • Subject: Re: Ecuadorian aroids
  • From: Thom Powell <sparky4114@mac.com>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 08:46:57 -0400


On Jun 29, 2008, at 7:59 AM, ExoticRainforest wrote:

Thanks Beth!  I know many of the Anthurium collectors are going to drool over these. Since your links did not come out highlighted I'm copying them to make it easier to simply click and go right to the page:
If you love Aroids, you are going to want some of these plants.  And Julius, I'd bet you saw Beth's really strange Anthurium near the oil fields!
Steve Lucas
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 28, 2008 5:59 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Ecuadorian aroids

Hello group!

Steve over at Exotic Rainforest sent me an email recently saying that I should share my in-situ photos of the aroids I encounter when out hiking. I live in Ecuador, in close proximity to some of the cloud forests where Dr. Croat does his collections. Rather than fill your inboxes up with dozens of attachments, I've uploaded them to a gallery at
for your viewing pleasure. Some of the aroids there, I have been able to identify (with Steve's and others' kind help) and others remain NOIDS. Many of the photos are of juvenile forms that spring up from the edges of road cuts. If any of you recognise them, please let me know and I will update their labels accordingly!

There are two photos marked "Mystery Anthurium" which Dr. Croat believes may be new species. If you are interested in seeing more photos of this particular species, they are at
There are four or five specimens of it growing in the Quito Botanical Gardens, which is where I took the photos of it. It appears to have been rescued from the oil pipeline near Mindo, Ecuador; beyond this, garden staff don't know anything about it. It is a very large, freestanding plant - the initial photos are of leaves just a hair over 6' in length; later photos are of younger leaves which were only about 46" - still fairly impressive.

I hope you enjoy!


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