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
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!
From: Johannes Moonen <firstname.lastname@example.org
To: Discussion of aroids <email@example.com
Sent: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 8:30 am
Subject: [Aroid-l] Aglaomena & Amerindian plants & Anoucha
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.
Dieffenbachia spec FG.
I think these Dieffenbachias on the coest of FG are also of Amerindian origin.
Detail of the same Dieffenbachia. They grow among other Amerindian plants like Caladiums etc.
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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