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Re: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

  • Subject: Re: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma
  • From: "Harry Luther" <hluther@selby.org>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 16:07:02 -0400

MSBG picked this up from Silver Krome Gardens as an unknown Amydrium in the mid-, late 1980s.      HEL
-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com]On Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 1:12 PM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

I made a very big blunder yesterday when I indicated on this forum the description I posted was the original of Rhaphidophora tetrasperma.  Lucinda pointed out this morning I had misread her message and the work was done by Pete Boyce.  Pete has helped me many times to find correct information so my apologies to him as well!  The work was actually published in 'Gardens Bulletin Singapore', Title: Rhaphidophora Hassk. (Araceae-Monsteroideae-Monstereae) in Peninsular Malaysia, and Singapore, Vol 52, 1999.  I rarely publish the scientific description of a species but did so yesterday since there appeared to be some concern (private mail) I had the correct genus and species. 
Pete, if you are reading any of this, please accept my apology.  And if you'd prefer I not republish your work, just drop me a note.  I'll take it down right away.
And my thanks again to Lucinda Lay for the assist.  I've been blessed with the help of the folks at the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, Missouri Botanical Garden including Dr. Croat, Alistair Hay in Australia, several at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami and many others including those at the Huntington and private collectors in southern California along with David Scherberich in France.  My chief "advisors" are Julus Boos and Leland Miyano who constantly help me find accurate information along with Russ Hammer who edits just about every page.  My goal has always been to provide accurate scientific information about the species we grow but do so in a way any of us can understand and use without a botanical dictionary.  Believe me, I sit here looking up "big words" all the time and at the same time attempt to help people learn what they mean!  But for me, it is a cheap education! 
In the case of this species, I was finding all sorts of information saying it was a Philodendron, a Monstera and several other genera.  I just hate to see bad information adopted and used by collectors.  I always welcome input from any of you!
Steve Lucas
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