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Re: 'Self-heading' Philodendrons.

  • Subject: Re: 'Self-heading' Philodendrons.
  • From: "Eduardo Goncalves" <edggon@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 00:07:30 -0500 (CDT)

Dear friends,

    Just to let you know, Burle-Marxīs plants of P. leal-costae may be lost, 
since I could not find it in his collection (among the extant 250 or even 
more species of Philos that still survive there). I will check the other 
Brazilian gardens I distributed the plants I collected in March, in order to 
know if their plants are still alive.
    What about put it in the tank of a monster Vriesea-like bromeliad, just 
like it occurs in the wild? I couldnīt try this method because I do not have 
room for something like this in my collection. In near future, maybe I will 
grow a big tank bromeliad, with plenty of Anthurium bromelicola, A. mourae 
and Philodendron leal-costae, all of them known to grow in places like this! 
(together with some frogs, snakes and mosquitoes, that are also found in 
those tanks)

                              Very best wishes,


>Dear Iza,
>Good thought, but I believe that Eduardo has tried this method.    In the
>original description on the species, [Aroideana Vol. 2, No. 3, 1979] Dr.
>Simon Mayo mentions that this species was then being cultivated by the
>famous and late Roberto B-Marx in Brazil, and there is a photo of a 
>w/ about 5 cordate leaves that was being grown at Kew, so I had hoped that
>somewhere someone had this plant in coultvation, but it seems that I was
>Does anyone on this list know if Alvim Siedel in Brazil offers seed of any
>of the following species--
>  P. saxicolum, P. adamantinium or P. leal-costae??
>Thanks and good growing.
> >>I remember reading, perhaps 40 years ago, in the late, lamented Aquarium
>Magazine a column by the publisher William T. Innes that a Monstera
>deliciosa in
>the Temple University greenhouse in Philadelphia had grown roots into a 
>tank and had suddenly taken off with larger and holier leaves than ever
>Perhaps a cutting of P. leal-costae fastened to the edge of an aquarium
>Iza Goroff
>Whitewater Wisconsin USA
>Eduardo Goncalves wrote:
> > P. leal-costae has been proven to be hard to cultivate, even in Brazil. 
> > have tried and it didnīt work for me. As far as I could observe, it 
> > grows in Bromeliadīs tanks, so maybe they need something I couldnīt give
> > them (besides stanting water). I have never found it in cultivation here
> > Brazil.

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