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Re: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma Hook.f

  • Subject: Re: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma Hook.f
  • From: "Famille FERRY" <jpcferry2@wanadoo.fr>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 17:57:38 +0100

Bonjour ,

A few years ago, I went to Munich with David Scherberich. We were greeted by 
Josef Bogner. I noticed a plant extraordinary : a small miniature Monstera. 
Josef Bogner gave a cutting.
I remember that Josef Bogner said, it is a dwarf form of Monstera deliciosa!
In fact, I learned later that it was Raphidophora tetrasperma. This is a 
plant that deserves a place in our apartments.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Helmut Reisenberger" <gartenbaureisenberger@web.de>
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 1:02 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Rhaphidophora tetrasperma Hook.f

Hi Steve, Hi all!

I am now growing raphidophoro tetrasperma for a couple of years. My first 
sample I gathered - as cuttings - from the Federal Gardens in Vienna / 
Austria; and it was not difficult to multiply it. The experts, overlooking a 
very wide range of ancient collections going back to 19th century, had 
simply named it "Philodendron mima".  My next experience was, to find that 
item as seedlings from my favorit (commercial) seedlings supplier in 
Florida, who still trades it under the "trivial" name Epipremnum "Ginny". I 
have bought a sample and now I am multiplying this extremly strong grower 
vegetatively. I offer it on ebay under the trivial name and it became very 
popular as a terrarium plant (strong and resistatnt to physical stress). I 
am ashamed, not using the right taxon, but "Ginny" became so popular, that I 
still have not changed it, nevertheless I have learned meanwhile it to be 
Raphidophora tetrasperma. At least I have mentioned the correct name in the 
products description on ebay.
A similar problem I do have with Raphidophora decursiva, since we have a 
very old and well developed specimen in the HBV (Vienna Botanical Garden), 
where I gather cuttings (in the treetops in a height of seven or more 
meters) once each year. Over the years I had defined it as Epipremnum 
pinnatum, as I had known it from habitat in NE Australia. With the help of 
Peter Boyce I have learned the detailled difference, to the actual 
definition. It is Raphidphora decursiva. This also is very rare in Europe 
and I am one of the few, offering cuttings of this species commercially.
 There are many more unidentified species in my collection, where I find it 
extremely hard to distinguish Monstera, Amydrium, Raphidophora, Epipremnum, 
Pothos ect., esp. when they come from old collections of historical rarities 
of uncertain provenience.
I appreciate your function, Steve, as an initiator for professional 
discussions. Believe me that is very helpful and invaluable for aroiders.


> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> Gesendet: 27.03.08 20:39:24
> An: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
> Betreff: [Aroid-l] Rhaphidophora tetrasperma Hook.f

> Miracles do happen quickly within this group of aroid experts!  Within 
> minutes of my request being posted this morning Lucinda Lay of the Royal 
> Botanic Garden Kew in London forwarded a copy of the scientific material 
> for Rhaphidophora tetrasperma Hook.f.  And Steve Marak posted my request 
> within minutes of the moment I sent it in.
> I had been trying for over a week to find anything and suddenly I had what 
> I needed.  But I would gladly love to hear more from any of you who are 
> growing this species.  The link is updated but likely has technical 
> errors.  If you spot one, please point it out!
> http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Rhaphidophora%20tetraspema%20pc.html
> Thanks!  And thanks Lucinda!
> Steve Lucas
> www.ExoticRainforest.com
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