This would be a good time to remind everyone every issue and
article ever published in over 30 years of the IAS journal Aroideana is
available on line to be downloaded in PDF format. Since I mentioned
John Banta's article in a couple of previous posts I thought it might
be wise to allow everyone to read it including the photos that
accompanied the article in 1983. Short articles can be downloaded for
free by member but there is a small charge for longer ones. This
article appeared in Vol. 6, #1.
You can find any article by doing a subject search in the lower left
corner of the homepage at www.Aroid.org.
What's in a
Banta, River Haven
Nursery, Route 2,
Box 144, Alva, Florida 33920
I guess I ought to start with my first
exposure to Anthurium breeding. A "plant nut" friend invited me to go
along and visit Bob McColley at Bamboo Nurseries, Orlando, Florida.
arrived, the acres of outstanding philodendrons overwhelmed me. The
the plants was matched equally by Bob McColley as lie enthusiastically
discussed details of his current plant breeding activities.
his forte. His horticultural efforts have produced many of the
widely used indoors today. In
spite of being surrounded by philodendrons with parents like: P.andreanum and P. verrucosum I was attracted to an anthurium. Its unusual leaf shape was
enhanced by an equally unusual olive-green color. Upon enquiry, Bob
explained how the hybrid between A . berriozabelense and A.
been made. I didn't know it at the time, but Bob
McColley had planted another seed. The
idea of hybrids among the anthuriums piqued my curiosity.
so many new species being added
to living collections, in addition to many of the older species being
reintroduced, the available genetic diversity
of the genus was tantalizing.
could not but wonder what the primary hybrids would look like, much
of the arrays of new forms emerging from future recombinations. I began to search for information
on Anthurium hybrids.
A sprinkle of named
hybrids turned into a deluge with a copy of Das Pflanzenreich. The list
quickly grew to
onto the hybrid chantrieri originating from A.subsignatum crossed onto A.
hybrids are historical.
What about the remarkable contemporary Anthurium breeding in Hawaii and
areas? Delightful new hybrid plants are certain to grace our
new plants will need names. Could numbers ever replace names even in
breeders often assign a name
to a particular plant due to the requirements of record keeping. For
a hybrid between A.forgetii and A. magnificum might become
"magetii" in the breeder's stud book. A name derived by a contraction
of the parent's names often helps to remind growers of its origin. I wonder how Bob McColley
referred to his hybrids? What is that hybrid going to be named and who
are the people who care
about "what's in a name?"