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Re: Aglaomena & Amerindian plants & Anoucha



Hi Jude & all,

Good to know it is Aglaomena brevispathum !

Dieffenbachia's are still a badly known group of Araceae.
I think there are real wild ones in the rainforest like D humilis.
But others, especially on the coastal area grow where Amerindians have lived and are likely culture plants that survived after the Arowaks? moved.

The monkey is a black spider monkey or kwata (Atelis paniscus).
It lives only in undisturbed rainforest, families of about 6 - 8 and is a very important seed disperser.
They are the most 'human' of the 8 species of monkeys in the Guianas. They have only 4 fingers (the thumb is missing) on the hands, but have a real finger on the end of the tail. The males have a strong territorial call, almost as loud as howler monkeys, but kwatas screem only during the day.

Back to aroids,   tchao,        Joep

On Nov 1, 2010, at 1:41 PM, santoury@aol.com wrote:

Hello
The first picture looks identical to my Aglaonema which has been identified as A. brevispathum hospitum. 
The monkey is gorgeous - what type is she? Thank you for sharing! That Dieffenbachia is something else. I love it! 




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From: Johannes Moonen <emeraldjunglevillage@wanadoo.fr>
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Sent: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 8:30 am
Subject: [Aroid-l] Aglaomena & Amerindian plants & Anoucha

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Dear Eduardo & friends,

This plant in my collection in Guayana Francesca looks like the Aglaomena or Bognera in Santourys mail. I collected it locally but did not register where. I often collect plants on tourist trips but have not allways the time to write things down.
 
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Dieffenbachia spec FG.
I think these Dieffenbachias on the coest of FG are also of Amerindian origin.
 
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Detail of the same Dieffenbachia. They grow among other Amerindian plants like Caladiums etc.

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At least a picture of Anoucha that went on our last Oiapogue expedition in September. She is a hunting victim, confiscated by IBAMA and given to our boatsman to raise. She is adorable. 

have a nice day, tchao        Joep

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