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Re: [aroid-l] Selloum/Bipinnatifidum

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Selloum/Bipinnatifidum
  • From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon@hotmail.com
  • Date: Fri, 09 May 2003 02:18:30 +0000

Dear Susan,

I have been trying to recognize species in the P. bipinnatifidum complex for at least 6 years and I have learned that the leaves are useless. There are so many forms, even when you are dealing with wild forms that you couldnŽt say they are the same thing. People used this natural variation to make cultivars that are more or less uniform in any leafy aspect. But most material I have seen in the USA are based on the goodŽnŽold Philodendron bipinnatifidum. Philodendron mello-barretoanum is ocasionally seen, mainly because it was spread by Roberto Burle-Marx. Philodendron lundii is pretty rare outside Brazil, despite it is the main cultivated species in Central Brazil (mainly Brasilia).

Very best wishes,


From: Susan <snalice@dslextreme.com>
Reply-To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Selloum/Bipinnatifidum
Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 11:34:15 -0700


When I ordered philodendron from Alvim Seidel the first time, I ordered P.
selloum, P. bipinnatifidum, and also P. Sao Paulo. I thought I was going to get
totally different plants. I don't know if I'm right on all of this, but from
what I've been able to figure out, selloum and bipinnatifidum are synonomous. I
think Sao Paulo is another variety of splitleaf philodendron. However, Sao
Paulo might be just another name for P. bipinnatifidum, but this is for someone
else to say. This year I ordered another split leaved Pilodendron that is very
similar to these three called P. lundii. I did find that P. lundii is a
different 'looking' form of bipinnatifidum. Maybe more compact, bushy?
Selloum/bipinnatifidum will grow into a tree form with a trunk in time.

Someone else on the list might be able to clear this up. I would be interested
in knowing the true facts on the splitleaf philodendrons also.

Hope this helps,
Susan Cox

5/8/03 6:15:22 AM, Leslie Georgeson <skinnychick2@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Could someone please tell me what the difference between Philodendron Selloum
and Philodendron Bipinnafididum is? I ordered a packet of each type of seed,
they look the same, but the Bipinnatifidum says it needs stratification before
planting. When I researched these plants, they appear to be identical. So,
what, exactly, do I have? Thank you! Leslie
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