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NEW Caladium species

  • Subject: NEW Caladium species
  • From: <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 11:11:09 +0000

Dear All,

Now that Wilbert Hetterschied (A.K.A. "The Master") has spoken, I will throw a LITTLE into the ring, as it were, until all of us can read the description of this wonderful new Caladium species.  Caladium clavatum Hetter., Bogner & Boos which USED to be called in error "Caladium bicolor "rubicundum''.
Phil, your report confirms what I had been told, that the species can occur in fairly large groups/populations (probably spread throughout at least Amazonia from area to area by man) which show variability as to size and color, and in their attractiveness to collectors.  
The type specimen came from a collection made in E. Ecuador, and was chosen by the collector, I was told, because it was ''prettier'' than its ''neighbors''.  The species is known to vary greatly in size.
A few ''hints'' on what makes this species VERY different to the better known C. bicolor (and this is only ONE difference!!)--Phil and Elizabeth, try to obtain an inflorscence of this species, and take a look at the spadix, compare it to a ''regular'' C. bicolor or any other Caladium sp., the sterile male ''flowers (between the female flowers at the very bottom of the spadix and the male at the top) are nail-like in form and  VERY different to any other species of Caladium. 
NOW--all of you ''lurkers'' out there, join the IAS so that you will receive the issue of Aroideana in which the description will be published, it is due out later this year!

Good Growing!!

Julius Boos

> Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 13:50:23 -0700
> From: pbunch@cox.net
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> CC: desinadora@mail2designer.com
> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Is this a Caladium? Something else?
> Elizabeth:
> I see a lot of very similar plants here in Medellin. I also have seen similar plants growing in disturbed areas down near Remdios in the Department of Antioquia. There seems to be a fair amount of variation in leaf size. I don't know if it is genetic or the result of soil and moisture conditions. The markings vary a lot in size, number and color so there seems to be a genetic component.
> Probably not much help but I also have noticed the same or a similar plant. I sure think Caladium when I see it.
> Phil
> Medellin
> ---- Elizabeth Campbell <desinadora@mail2designer.com> wrote:
> > Hi group! Sorry to have been away for so long, but I've been off looking
> > for that giant anthurium in the jungles. I was recently in Puyo,
> > Pastaza, and a friend had this stunning aroid growing in her garden. She
> > told me it was callled Corazon de Jesus, which traditionally would mean
> > it's a Caladium, but I've never seen one quite like this before. The
> > leaf was about 14" from sinus to tip, and about 12" across the widest
> > part of the blade; there was a single, slightly hairy petiole with no
> > geniculum, and that was it. The whole thing was about 24" tall at the
> > highest point.
> >
> > Any ideas on what this might be? She said she dug it out of the forest
> > about 2 km from her house.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Beth, in Ecuador
> >
> >
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