Alocasia Amazonica versus Alocasia Polly
- Subject: Alocasia Amazonica versus Alocasia Polly
- From: ExoticRainforest <Steve@ExoticRainforest.com>
- Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 11:20:17 -0600
I need good photos of the plant sold
as Alocasia Polly. Not anything with a tag that says Alocasia
Amazonica but specifically Alocasia Polly. I think we're closer to
figuring this out.
appears to have written in 1891 in Review Hortic about an
an Alocasia hybrid between Alocasia sanderiana and Alocasia
lowii. Alocasia lowii is now correctly Alocasia
longiloba. Those parents were later ascribed to Alocasia
Amazonica in error since the parents of that plant are Alocasia
sanderiana x Alocasia watsoniana. As far as I can tell André
referred to the plant as "mortefontanensis".
It is beginning to look like André's mortefontanensis had the same
parents as the plant sold as Alocasia Polly. If that is true then
André's plant is not the same hybrid as Salvadore Mauro's
plant bred at his Amazon Nursery in Miami. That would lead me to
believe that Alocasia Polly and Alocasia Amazonica should not be
confused as the same plant.
It also appears some unidentified researcher elected to call André's
mortefontanensis Alocasia x amazonica due to the popularity of the
hybrid plant with growers when in fact it should still be called
Alocasia x mortefontanensis or something on that order.
It makes no sense for a well known European hybrid which I have now
been told has been grown since the late 1800's or early 1900's to be
called Alocasia x
amazonica when the reason for the use of the name "Amazonica" is
obvious due to the name of Salvadore Mauro's nursery.
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