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Re: Ecuadorian aroids

  • Subject: Re: Ecuadorian aroids
  • From: brian lee <lbmkjm@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 12:11:47 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Elizabeth,

Aloha and mahalo (thank you), for sharing your photos with Aroid-L.

I cannot make much of a comment to help with the identities of the various plants you posted, but I certainly know what a beautiful plant is.

I understand you are a designer...I am a designer of landscapes among other things, so I really appreciate the beauty of plants.  With Roberto Burle-Marx of Brazil, we did alot of salvage conservation from rainforest areas, etc., of habitats actively being destroyed.  All of the collections were deposited in ex-situ collections in Brazil.  I notice you speak for the trees, so that is a good thing.  Here in Hawaii, we have lost so much of our flora and fauna.  If you have the interest, go to www.honoluluacademy.org , click on exhibitions on the top dock and scroll to current exhibitions and Leland Miyano. 

On your hikes, please take additional photos.  Hawaii has Ecuadorian plants here due to the collection of Dorothy Henkle, who traveled to your country looking for interesting aroids.  Unfortunately, I do not know the identities of many of her plants...much of the data was lost on her death and the distribution of her collections.  I recognize some of the plants in the photos...or at least very similar species, vegetatively. It would be wonderful if you and Dr. Croat meet when he visits...I am sure you will learn the most from him. Maybe a second degree in botany is in your future.  Are you in contact with Ecuadorian botanists?...ask Dr. Croat for recommendations.

Thank you again for sharing these images with us.  I would like to see photos with something for scale...the photos with your hand are very helpful.

Keep up the photography in habitat...I for one, look forward to seeing more...with commentary as you find out specific information.



--- On Sat, 6/28/08, Elizabeth Campbell <desinadora@mail2designer.com> wrote:

> From: Elizabeth Campbell <desinadora@mail2designer.com>
> Subject: [Aroid-l] Ecuadorian aroids
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Date: Saturday, June 28, 2008, 12:59 PM
> 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
> http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/hh196/HabloPorArboles/Aroids%20A%20Go
> -Go/
> 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
> http://photobucket.com/UnknownAnthurium
> 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!
> Beth
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