Dear Jonathan and John:
Are you guys possibly talking about the same plant that someone sent me recently which was also seen at Olbrich Conservatory that I responded to? Probably not because the plant I saw was Anthurium sect. Porphyrochitonium with orange berries but the coincidence of getting two messages about plants from Olbrich BG in the same week is a surprise.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Ertelt, Jonathan B
Sent: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 9:31 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Anthurium ID
Here’s the background on the Anthurium in question at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in response to my query yesterday:
The anthurium in question was purchased from a vendor, Ecuagenera of Cuenca, Ecuador in February of 2007 at the local orchid show, “Orchid Quest”. The label said A. salviniae but it quickly became apparent as it grew in our greenhouses that is was not. The plant was in our growing greenhouses since 2007 and I just planted it in the conservatory this past summer. I haven’t noticed if the fruits turn red but will let you know if they do. We belong to the I.A.S. so I will keep an eye out for any other thoughts on this plant.
If anyone from your group will be stopping by in the future please have them contact me as I have some unknown anthurium species in the greenhouse that I have collected in Ecuador over the years and would like some identification. Thank you.
John W. Wirth
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
From: Ertelt, Jonathan B [mailto:jonathan.ertelt@Vanderbilt.Edu]
Subject: Question about plant i.d.in the conservatory
I’m not sure that we’ve met, though the possibility is there, especially as we’re both members in AERGC. An old directory is how I came up with your email address – I hope that it’s still current.
Yesterday a fellow aroid enthusiast posted the two pictures which I have attached, having recently passed through Madison on stopping in at your conservatory. He was inquiring to the aroid group at large as to whether anyone had any thoughts as to the i.d. of this Anthurium. To me it resembles a very well grown plant of Anthurium pageanum, except that the fruits should be red, but maybe they’re still in the process of turning. I think that I distributed that species through the AERGC several several years back now, but wasn’t sure whether it had made it up to Wisconsin or not. I know that I’ve met several Wisconsin AERGC players over the years. At any rate, I was wondering if you had any information on this plant that you could pass along. My thanks in advance. Good Growing.
Jonathan Ertelt, Greenhouse Manager
Nashville, TN 37235