Thanks Zach, now that I am home for 48 hrs I will
try to get to it.
By the way, for anyone that wondered what this
Dracontium might be, Tom Croat gave me an ID of D. spruceanum, albeit a
wonderfully colored one I think!!
My D. amazoense influorescence is also nearly
open so it seems that the Dracontium are doing OK for me for now at
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 11:07
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Dracontium sp ID
I?m glad to
hear you will be joining the IAS. When you sign up, you can specify
membership for the 2011 year if you would like. If you have any
problems, let me know. You can contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Daniel Devor
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2010 11:05
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: [Aroid-l] Dracontium sp ID
I''ve just been fortunate to
have a lovely Dracontium bloom that I got from a fantastic person earlier this
spring and I wanted to share and try to get a positive ID if possible.
My notes say that this was originally collected in Peru, but
sometimes my notes are not all that wonderful to be perfectly honest!
As you can see, the spathe is
wonderfully colored and mottled, the petioles are present at blooming (the one
emerged at the same time as the influorescence) and have fairly large "thorns"
compared to my other species. It is 20 inches (~51 cm) from the soil to
the base of the spathe and the spathe itself is 12 inches (~30 cm) tall.
The spadix itself is very small and if need be, I will try to get a picture
for an ID.
I also have an influorescence on
my Dracontium amazoense emerging so if there is any advice on collecting
pollen I could always try for an unusal cross.
I have had many great e-mail
discussions with a few of you on the forum over the years about Dracontium and
I appreciate all the advice you have given me that has allowed for a small
amount of success on my part. While I do not have a greenhouse, they
seem to do OK for me in my bathroom window on a heat mat for the winter (8
months) as they get a nice blast of humidity once a day. It has
been a great spring through fall for me with my Dracontium as I have had 4
species bloom, including these two. I have a few other no-ID plants
which I'm sure are large enough to bloom in the next year so maybe I
will get lucky with a few others in the year to come!! If anyone has any
tubers that they are willing to sell to feed my love of this genus please let
Looking forward to hearing what
the experts think.
p.s. By the way, I have
finally decided to join the IAS so I can read some of the journal articles
on-line, but I want to know if I join now do I get all the benefits through
the end of 2011 or just through the end of 2010? I have gotten some
conflicting information from personal communications compared to what it seems
to say on the web site. Thanks for help in clarifying