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Re: Dieffenbachia seguine

  • Subject: Re: Dieffenbachia seguine
  • From: "John Criswick" <criswick@spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:26:22 -0700

Very possibly but is he mentioned anywhere as a collector? ( There was a Juan Seguin who took part in the Texas revolution.)  It is remarkable that a Spanish collector’s name would have become the common name for a plant in an island with no Spanish history whatsoever. The pronunciation has been retained almost unchanged, in a French creole- speaking island.


From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Nancy Greig
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:58 PM
To: 'Discussion of aroids'
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Dieffenbachia seguine


I believe “Seguin” was probably the name of the original collector. 


Nancy Greig

Director, Cockrell Butterfly Center

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive

Houston, TX  77030-1799


Tel 713-639-4742



From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of John Criswick
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:29 AM
To: 'Discussion of aroids' <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Dieffenbachia seguine


Jason, I cannot help you in this regard but wonder if you could tell me the meaning of the name “seguine”.  It is of interest to me because in Grenada where I live and where Dieffenbachia seguine occurs, the local name for this plant is “siggin”. At least, that is how it is pronounced.


John Criswick.


From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Jason Hernandez
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:42 PM
To: aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com
Subject: [Aroid-l] Dieffenbachia seguine


Dear aroiders,


In a couple of months, I plan to go once again to the Dominican Republic, where Dieffenbachia seguine is common. Unfortunately, my search for primary literature on this species turns up almost entirely papers having to do with the species in cultivation, little if anything on its life in its natural habitat. Does anyone know where I can find out about its life history, natural history, ecology, and so forth?


Jason Hernandez


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