Steve, did you not see
the picture taken from Tropica which I sent you immediately upon seeing your
Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l]
Philodendron variifolium Schott
Thanks Alison. If we can get Dr. Croat to
respond I believe he would say this is just another of the multiple photo
errors in Mr. Graf's books. I am personally aware of quite a few
including the plant he calls "Philodendron cannifolium" which is
correctly Philodendron martianum.
I doubt it will ever happen but aroids should totally drop the use of
the name "Philodendron cannifolium". http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Philodendron%20martianum%20pc.html
The interesting thing about that error is it may have been caused by Dr. von
Martius for whom Philodendron martianum
was named! I do my best to explain that in the link.
If you go to this link you can see a photo of the real Philodendron variifolium which looks
nothing like the plant many of us have grown using that name which is truly Philodendron brandtianum: http://www.tropicos.org/Name/2103366
I'm still trying to
find a specimen of the real Philodendron
variifolium so if any of you have a plant that looks like the the
one in these photos please drop me a line.
I was able to get a short description of Philodendron variifolium from the Kew's CATE Araceae: http://www.cate-araceae.org/index.do;jsessionid=96982249A0181F1EB1E74E6CEB9841D4
LEAVES: Petiole terete, 20-25 cm long,
shortly and narrowly sheathed in the lower part. Blade thinly coriaceous, shape
decidedly diverse, cordate-oblong or sagittate-oblong, rarely hastate or
hastate-oblong, apex with a 1-1.5 cm long cuspid, 20-26 cm long, 6-7 cm wide
halfway; posterior lobes very short and very obtuse or elongate-oblong obtuse,
separated by a short, wide, very open sinus, apex curved upwards; the posterior
ribs in hastate blades are weak, horizontal, curving upwards in a
sigmoid-curve, lateral veins of the anterior lobe all sub-equal.
If you read this closely you'll see
it does not describe the plant most growers call Philodendron variifolium.
I have EXOTICA 10 and I am looking at the photo of
NOTHING like the link you gave.
Very hard to judge the scale, but it is shaped like
climbers with whiter or lighter shading between the veins.
Also, if anyone has a copy of Graf's TROPICA or
EXOTICA would you check and see if the plant on this page is shown in either of
those books as being Philodendron variifolium? For some time I've been
trying to track down where this error originated although I am aware a
beautiful plant was displayed some years ago at an IAS show and Sale that was incorrectly
tagged. Shortly after that happened Dr. Croat explained the name was
incorrect and the correct name was in fact Philodendron
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