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Re: Philodendron Burle Marx

Neil is correct on the two Philos....  Both are pictured in black and white
in Exotica....  the largest P. "Burle-Marx's Fantasy" that I have ever seen
was growing at a now out of business nursery in Miami...  Called "Fantastic
Gardens"  It was being grown by Bobby Mentalous.... Each leaf was about
four inches wide and about ten inches long...  and very short
internodes.... Growing in a very small, humid and very warm green house.

I too, have large problems with this plant...  just will not grow for me
under my conditions.  I might suspect that a very humid warm area with very
little air circulation might do the trick....  I can't do that with my

Another memory....  I was at an evening party many years ago at Bette
Waterbury's home....  The party was in honor of Roberto Burle-Marx who was
visiting Bette....  I had the honor of going through the pages of the
Philo. section of Exotica with this great man....  As he pointed to picture
after picture and saying..... "I discovered that!"  When he came to the
plant under discussion....  He said.... "I don't know why they have given
it a horticultural name.....  It is a species.  I know! I collected it!."

It is a memory I have cherished for a long time.....  Just meeting this
great man was an honor.

>There are two Philodendrons with a name referring to Roberto Burle-Marx.
>The first is P.burle-marxii and the second is P.cv "Burle-Marx's Fantasy". Its
>hard to know which one you have from your description. I'm pretty sure both of
>these are listed in "Exotica", but I'm at work and my copy is at home! I have
>a very small piece of "Fantasy" I received from Michael Pascall at the
>Whyanbeel Arboretum in Queensland - he may be able to give a description of
>the mature plant. Given the veining pattern I have seen on the leaves of my
>small plant I am not 100% convinced that it is a Philo, but that remains to be
>seen. Any comments out there? As for the other, my recollection is that it has
>a strap shaped leaf and quite spaced internodes. Hopefully other people can
>post further on this. I'll try and see if I have any references in my
>literature at home.
>Neil Crafter
>Adelaide Australia
>Don Burns wrote:
>> Over the past 24 months I have been nursing a short leafless stem, about 4
>> cm, of Philodendron Burle Mark. During that time it has neither grown, nor
>> produced a leaf. But it has stayed alive and remained a very deep green
>> color. Suddenly in the past 6 weeks it has started growing at a phenomenal
>> pace, and it is now about 20 cm long with five or six new leaves.
>> Is anyone familiar with the right culture for this plant? Is there a photo
>> somewhere on the web or in the literature? I have been unsuccessful in
>> finding the plant in any of my literature.
>> Don
>> Don Burns
>> Fort Lauderdale FL    USA
>> Zone 10b

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