RE: [Aroid-l] Anthurium regale and the Issue of Botanical Specimens
- Subject: RE: [Aroid-l] Anthurium regale and the Issue of Botanical Specimens
- From: "Julius Boos" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007 07:53:52 +0000
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Subject : [Aroid-l] Anthurium regale and the Issue of Botanical Specimens
I have a LITTLE knowledge that I will share with us friends, as I was
blessed to do some work with the late Lynn Hannon who was Tom Croat`s 'right
hand man' during his extensive collecting jaunts in Ecuador. She always
told me that an infloresence SHOULD always be collected when it was at male
anthesis, as this way it generally was at its peak of development.
Steve`s invaluable observations, documented on film for ONE Anthurium
species has demonstrated how different, at least in its colors, one spadix
can be during its LONG development, from a yellow color to ivory to purple.
Tom Croat has commented on how very valuable to Scientists this
documentation is proving to be, and for the future I GUESS all a colloctor
will be able to do is make a note something like "specimen seemingly before
male anthesis', or 'specimen post-male anthesis" etc. on wild-collected
I`m certain that all observations on home-grown, DOCUMENTED wild collected
plants would be welcomed by Scientists like Dr. Croat at MOBOT.
I hope that these comments are helpful.
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 the same?
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
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