Re: Message forwarded from outside the listserver
I'm pretty sure that Fairchild in Miami has Alocasia zebrina if I recall
correctly, so it is not just at Sarasota. It is indeed a beautiful plant.
Lester Kallus wrote:
> I received the following email message from JoeHerbMan@aol.com. He's
> asking for some information about a specific Alocasia. If anyone can help
> him out, you might want to email him directly since I don't believe he's a
> member of the aroid listserver.
> "Hello, I have in St. Petersburg, Florida. I saw your web-page this evening
> and was interested to know if you have any knowledge of a very rare
> Alocasia by the name of Alocasia zebrina var. Reticulata. If you can tell
> me any information. I would greatly appreciate it. I know that it is from
> Southeast Asia and was first introduced in 1985 to the US. 1,000 tissue
> cultures were made and were sent to a nursery in Homestead, FL. When
> Hurrican Andrew came through in 1992, it destroyed everyone of them except
> the original that remained at Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, where is
> remains today. I am told that it is a species and that the plant is under
> "lock and key," never to be removed from there. If you can help me, I would
> appreciated it. I need to know more about this plant. "