Re: Philodendron santa leopoldina
- Subject: Re: Philodendron santa leopoldina
- From: "john s. smolowe" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 00:30:06 -0600 (CST)
Gee, does the society really want to make $ by keeping species close to
extinction? I'd sure feel guilty if my rare plant died after I refused
to clone it - and God knows rare plants do die easily (that's a major reason
why they are rare). Hopefully someone can envision a plan where everyone
wins, including the owner and the beleaguered species.
Would it not be possible, for example, to give a commission on each
clone sold to the owner of the mother plant? That is what is done with
orchids that are mericloned. $5 on each plant sold for the first 120 plants
would cover the $600. Then the owner would have a free specimen, lots of
us would have babies, and extinction would be averted.
Menlo Park, CA
Betsy Feuerstein wrote:
I hear what you are saying, but I who just paid my
left arm to get this plant, would just as soon we wait for the next millennium
to do it. Those of us who have paid a fortune for it would think twice
about such most likely. Also, it certainly would cut in the society's pocketbook
take from the auctions. Just a personal come back to this discussion.
"john s. smolowe" wrote:
In his recent Aroidiana article on Philodendron
spiritus-sancti, aka Philodendron santa leopoldina (the rare, desirable
variety) Eduardo Goncalves suggests the species be made widely available
by micropropagation. I emailed him and he wrote back:
"I am just aware that there are no more
than 5 known plants of P. spiritus-sancti in the wild. It can be considered
almost extinct in the wild. I would love to see it being micropropagated,
because it will remain as an amazing plant, even if it was being sold
K-Mart! Unfortunately, I do not have the facilities here, and I also
have a living plant of it myself. That collected plant were donated
private conservatory that has the proper infra-structure to grow it.
Well, I think there are
more plants of P. spiritus-sancti in the US than in Brazil (even considering
the wild specimens!)."
I'd be interested in contributing to a fund to make that happen. Does
anyone know the practical details? I suppose we'd have to find and deal
with an appropriate lab, and also find a willing owner of the correct plant.
Menlo Park, CA