I am currently (FINALLY!) finishing off taxonomic revisions of
Alocasia in West Malesia (= Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo,
Java) and the Philippines.
In order to make the revisions relevant to a wide range of people, I
would like to check the extent to which plants of this genus in
cultivation (BUT NOT HORTICULTURAL HYBRIDS) can be fitted into my
classification, and whether there are plants of any further
undescribed species in cultivated collections.
If you have Alocasias growing in your collections which
1. you think are or may be of new species AND
2. you have RELIABLE WILD PROVENANCE DATA for (at least to island or
state - e.g. Java, Luzon, Sabah, Sarawak, Kalimantan, Aceh etc. but
preferably more detailed than that)
please airmail me preserved material of them (or e-mail a photo
first), and I will attempt to identify them for you. If there is a
cultivar name (registered or unofficial) being used for the plant in
question, please let me know what it is.
Ideally include a dried leaf, a photograph and an inflorescence that
has been steeped in 70% alcohol or FAA (or a dried one). However, a
leaf will often be adequate.
My mailing address is Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Mrs Maquaries
Road, Sydney 2000, Australia. We will deal with Australian quarantine
issues this end. You do not need to do anything except ensure that
there are no live insects in the specimen.
All assistance will, of course, be fully acknowledged in the papers.
Looking forward to hearing from you
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