Alocasia Amazonica, hopefully the last time!
- Subject: Alocasia Amazonica, hopefully the last time!
- From: ExoticRainforest <Steve@ExoticRainforest.com>
- Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:51:31 -0600
Information provided this afternoon
by Geneviève Ferry in France makes it clearer André's plant was never
described as Alocasia x amazonica as is often reported. |
Geneviève is a regular here on Aroid l and sent a copy of the original
of André's work. She
was kind enough to give me the "play by play" since I couldn't make the
document open. Her information came from the library at the botanical
garden at Nancy, France. I
André's hybrid was published in Revue Horticole in 1891, not Revue
Hortic as I originally posted. The plant was crossed by the brothers
Chantrier who were gardeners at Mortefontaine and they used Alocasia
lowii and Alocasia sanderiana as the parent plants. André
published the plant using the name "mortefontanensis". Since Alocasia
lowii is now correctly known as a natural variation of Alocasia
longiloba the plant would technically have the same parents as the
plant created in Miami by Salvadore Mauro since he used A.
watsoniana Hort.x Alocasia sanderiana Hort. Alocasia
watsoniana is also a synonym of Alocasia longiloba Miq.
Even though two of the parents look different they are genetically the
same species which makes this terribly confusing and difficult for
anyone that does not study plant species to rapidly grasp. However, André never referred to the
plant as Alocasia x amazonica.
The two hybrids are technically one and the same which would easily
lead a researcher to give credit to André for the hybrid but the name Alocasia Amazonica
belongs to Salvadore Mauro and it is strictly my opinion he should have
credit for that name he coined, not André.
I have no desire to not give André credit or the brothers Chantrier for their work which was published
more than 100 years ago. I simply believe Salvadore Mauro should have
the honor of having his name associated with the name he created. André should also have credit for his
paper on the Alocasia hybrid he called "mortefontanensis".
Since I was reminded this morning this is simply a " mere tempest in a teapot".I'm done!
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