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Forms of ZZ plant

  • Subject: Forms of ZZ plant
  • From: "Michael Mahan" <agavestar@covad.net>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 07:43:37 -0700

I seen a form of ZZ this for sale (cuttings) for over $100+ at the IAS show
in Miami and while  across the room were ZZ's, they were  huge 3 foot potted
plants for $30 . thinking to myself (is there something I don't know here ?)
As I was hugely  $$$$  ripped off many years ago on a plant of this ,the guy
said it was a rare ! new ! cycad !  (similar name )  went home with my new
cycad ,hit the net & was soon back at his door demanding my money back !
which I got .. 

On Behalf Of Adam Black   HE SAID >>>>> 
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 9:20 PM
Subject: Forms of ZZ plant 

I've been busy and haven't had a chance to respond, but wanted to give a 
very belated thank you to all who posted on and off list to my inquiry 
several weeks back about whether or not the several forms Zamioculcas 
floating around were one or more species. And thanks especially to 
Julius for clariflying that they are all simply one species and bringing 
up the interesting fact that the "mainstream" form originated from a 
spontaneous variation/mutation/freak resulting from the tissue culturing 
process. Are there other tissue cultured aroids out there that are 
noticably different than their wild counterparts?
Adam Black

Julius Boos wrote:
>'Tropicos" was quoted by Steve as a source which states that there are
>species of Zamioculcas.  Tropicos, for some reason, continues to carry some

>outdated and incorrect information on plants, and appears to be in dire
>of being updated.  Volunteers???
>The genus East African Zamioculcas, as presently understood, consists of 
>just ONE widespread but variable species, Zamioculcas zamifolia (Loddiges) 
>This may be confirmed by reading the two most recent works on the genus,
>149 of "The Genera of Araceae" by S.J. Mayo, J. Bogner, and P.C. Boyce, and

>a recent update in "Aroideana", Vol 28, 2005, pg. 3, by Josef Bogner.   You

>may note that in the article in Aroideana, figs. 4-6, pg. 7, Josef notes 
>that Z. "lancifolia" is a synonym of Z. zamioculcas.
>My hope is that this note will clear up any remaining questions or doubt 
>that may be floating around 'out there' in aroid-land concerning this 
>now-common ''Interior Landscaping" plant.
>Good Growing!!
>Julius Boos,

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