Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron glaucophyllum
At 09:21 PM 5/15/2006, you wrote:
Well Steve, per our private
discussion as to the true identity of the elusive species P. mandaianum,
or hybrid P. X 'Mandaianum', the latter of which is pictured and
described in Exotica and Tropica (Graf), and other sources as well, Tom's
reply of 'no such name' is most interesting.
Mr Graf took peoples' names and wrote them down, and as far as I know did
not take it any further than that. In no way to I criticize him, i think
EXOTICA is the mother of the interest in RARE PLANTS in the USA. I also
knew immediately what you meant by phil glaucophyllum since i had heard
it applied to THAT PLANT for ages. When graf came here to photograph some
bamboo, we told him this name on it was just what it was being called
NOW, and we fully expected it to be a temporary name, and due to be
changed in the very near future, and he did not seem concerned, concerned
ONLY with getting the grove on film.
NOBODY worships accurate taxonomy more than I do, by the way. My greatest
contribution to it is removing wrong labels, since i do not name species.
i am relieved to report that this is NOT MY JOB! I do use various
punctuation marks to indicate a name in current usage has not been
thoroughly vetted. The one thing I do not do is go on the warpath
every time i see a wrong name, unless it is something like a person
putting a patent and a new name on a plant previously published by my
good self. because that is just plain ICKY.
And I will follow up on the latest news in taxonomy and change my
Of all the plants I grow, i know least about the names of Aroids than all
the others. I am totally dependent on youse guys.
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