I knew of only the green form. I received a piece from Jim Bloom and just recently I was remined of this because we were looking at a living collection that I got from Jim many years ago. Jim was an interesting guy. He started out collecting snakes or frogs and later turned to plants, a great move. He collected lots of things including guns. I guess he has passed because I have not heard about him in years.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of John Criswick
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Thanks Brian. That sounds like a pretty educated guess.
Was there not also a dieffenbachia ‘Bob See’? Did it not seem to be a forerunner of Dieffenbachia ‘Camille’?
BTW Tom, I think there were two versions of Pluto; first the green and then the burgundy form.
I first saw the plant at both Ron Weeks nursery and Tricia Franks home. Tricia gave me a nice large top cutting off her plant. I then tracked down it had been breed by Bob See. I was unable to find any info on the breeding of the plant or if he had put another name to it. So I sold the plant as Philo Bob See hybrid for many years. If I were to guess. I would think the plant was a hybrid of Philo lacerum or radiatum crossed with something with a narrower leaf maybe subhastatum or such. Just a guess on how it might have been made.
On 10/2/2014 6:26 PM, John Criswick wrote:
Thanks for your response to my post.
Well having grown Pluto in the 70s and 80s I would say definitely not, despite similarity of leaf shape. I seem to remember Pluto as being of a burgundy hue, also.
I know nothing of the parentage of Bob See’s hybrid. I wonder if there is someone who does?
John Banta, perhaps?
Dear John: Was this what was known commercially as Philodendron “pluto”?
We were recently discussing those plantsmen who have contributed to the richness of our plant scene today, and I mentioned Bob See of South Florida.
Here are photos of the hybrid philodendron he created.
It is very slowly vining. This specimen was grown in shade but in sun it could vine even more slowly and be more chunky.
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