Thank you Ted. And thanks to Dr. Croat, Julius, LariAnn,
Ron Kaufmann and the others who have guided me through observing this
plant. I did it because I was curious. And now I feel there is much
more to learn. So the next time the plant produces a spathe I will be
sitting there with camera in hand to document what I see again. Hopefully
I will learn a bit more each time.
I make no claim to being a botanist. I am not
botanically trained. I just like to read and observe the plants in my
collection. And I encourage you all to do the same. Dr. Croat has
made comments along the entire 70 plus days pointing me in the right direction
and away from some of the crazy things I wanted to assume in error. As a
result, I learned a lot about anthurium reproduction. And may have
discovered a few things others have missed before. So, grab a camera and a
notepad and watch your plants when they produce a spathe. You never know
what you just might learn. Besides, it has been fun!
Thanks again Ted, and all the others who have helped.
Hopefully after I observe this plant do this a few more times we will all know
more about this unbelievably beautiful species from Peru.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 7:58
Subject: [Aroid-l] Anthurium regale and
the Issue of Botanical Specimens
Have you folks been following
Steve Lucas's developing story about the Anthurium regale bloom? The point
that interests me here the most is the morphological and color changes that
this inflorescence has displayed over the LONG bloom process.
What happens if a scientifically-minded
collector happens upon such a plant in the early stages of bloom? Let's assume
she secures a specimen and describes it with perfect accuracy. Later, another
collector makes a hike into the same area, finds an exact clone of the first
specimen in bloom, but at a maturation date six weeks later than was available
to the first collector, when the inflorescence is a completely different color
and when all the little "naughty bits" have morphed.
How does the taxonomist know that the two plants are
It seems to this
untrained observer that only a painstaking record such as that on Steve's site
would be adequate to describe a species and avoid the ambiguity.
Here is the address in case you have not
seen it yet: