Re: Alocasia Amazonica versus Alocasia Polly
- Subject: Re: Alocasia Amazonica versus Alocasia Polly
- From: "John Criswick" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 18:18:38 -0400
I think you
will find Polly’s picture on AgriStarts website. They grow a wide
variety of Alocasias. John.
Behalf Of ExoticRainforest
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] Alocasia
Amazonica versus Alocasia Polly
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.
André 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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