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Re: RES: Aglaomena & Amerindian plants & Anoucha

Bom Dia Eduardo,

Indeed it is amazing how people carry plants around the globe.

Do you know the origin (and the name ?) of the fine Amerindian bambu that you find in the middle of the rainforest ? The french call them 'cambrouses'. From the air they are bright green places in the forest and they are without exeption old Amerindian settlements.
If you dig in the soil there (terra preta) you find pieces of potterie and in you are very lucky stone arrow points.

I wonder if this bambu is from Asia and brought to Amazonia (via Peru ?) in pre-colombian times ?

Sorry this is not about aroids...........have a nice day !


On Nov 2, 2010, at 11:16 AM, Eduardo wrote:

Dear Joep,
The Aglaonema you collected in the French Guiana trail is probably Aglaonema brevispathum, another common species cultivated by Indians in South America. Together with A. costata, the native but domesticated forms of Caladium (specially of the C. picturatum group) and a few other plants, these species are kept by Indians (or strongy Indian influenced communities) as special plants and given as gifts to just married couples as a good-luck charms. Probably these plants were brought by Chinese and Indians (from India) that came for special jobs (like railways or mining activities) and spread by local people. Years after, we find this weird things in the middle of “virgin”jungle in South America!
Very best wishes,
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De: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] Em nome de Johannes Moonen
Enviada em: segunda-feira, 1 de novembro de 2010 10:30
Para: Discussion of aroids
Assunto: [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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