Re: Philodendron spiritus-sancti
Again, part of your description matches mine (almost no distance between
successive petioles, etc., stem still about 4" long), and leaf shape is
still kinda variable because this plant came from a microscopic cutting, so
it's still shape-shifting a bit. Last night when I went home, I checked it a
bit more carefully and noticed that the veins of the undersurface of the
four most recent four leave are a vivid scarlet like the petioles, that does
not "bleed" onto the lamina itself.
The posterior lobes of this plant do appear a bit "sharper" than the Exotica
photos (rather remiscent of some Alocasia spp.), and the drip tip
"corkscrews" about 90 degrees in all leaves. The upper leaf surface color is
a deep green with very few veins that are extremely pale in contrast. The
leaves possess and almost patent leather finish.
I understand that there are very few "lineages" established in the U.S. of
Santa Leopoldina I - although perhaps there is significant variation within
the population after all? Will try and post a photo of this beast on the IAS
ID site when the weather clears a bit.
Thanks for your input -
From: Scott Lucas <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Miércoles, 04 de Octubre de 2000 12:38 p.m.
Subject: Re: Philodendron spiritus-sancti
>I took a look at the photograph of Philodendron 'Santa Leopoldina' in
>Exotica and can observe that this is not the same plant that I have, which
>think may be the "true" Philodenddron spiritus-sancti. The leaves on my
>plant are much narrower, the upper lobes of the leaf much sharper and, now
>that appears to finally be setting into a more or less mature growth
>pattern, the leaves are measuring a consistent four feet in length. Mine
>came from the IAS Auction in Miami in 1997 and, while it has grown
>consistently, the stem is only about six inches long yet. There is really
>no internode between petioles at all. It is a truly handsome plant with
>deep green upper surfaces to the leaves and undersides red/purple. It
>flowered for the first time this year, producing 5 inflorescences... but no
>fruit. When it does (if it does) fruit, I will be anxious to pass seed out
>to all takers!
>Scott A. Lucas
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>From: "Jay Vannini" <email@example.com>
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>Sent: Tuesday, October 03, 2000 10:06 AM
>Subject: Philodendron spiritus-sancti
>> Howdy, all!
>> Eduardo Goncalve's message on his visit to the Burle-Marx collection (the
>> lucky devil!) jogged my somewhat uncertain memory about Philodendron
>> spiritus-sancti a.k.a. P. "Santa Leopoldina" #1. I have a plant that is
>> supposed to be this species - it does show most of the characteristics
>> described in the paper published on it, EXCEPT the petiole shape, which
>> mine is markedly flattened on the upper surface, or hemispheric in
>> cross-section. The stem and petioles of this plant also flush scarlet at
>> times (in response to who knows what), and the leaves keep changing size,
>> although not shape. Although grown from a very small stem cutting, leaves
>> are now reaching over 20" in length - the distance between internodes is
>> extremely short (<1"), making the plant look almost like a self-header.
>> Oddly, for a Philodendron, it seems happiest at cooler temperatures.
>> What I am curious about is whether the plants illustrated in Exotica and
>> Tropica and labelled P. Santa Leopoldina are, in fact, P.
>> My plant is almost a dead ringer for both of these two, so if it's in
>> something else that's for sale at the neighborhood Home Depot for 4.99 -
>> PLEASE BE GENTLE.