Re: [Aroid-l] Content of Aroideana
From : Derek Burch <email@example.com>
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent : Wednesday, September 12, 2007 11:55 AM
To : "'Discussion of aroids'" <email@example.com>
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Aroideana
Dear Aroidophiles EVERYWHERE!
Derek is so correct on this. We will only get out of Aroideana what
collectivly we all put in!
I will put out an appeal (this has been done several times before!), a call
to ALL of you out there to PLEASE search your minds, your collections, your
experiences, your travels---there IS something that you have learned or know
that we all want to read and learn from!
If we don`t contribute, the selection of articles can become rather 'stale',
but by varying the content, OUR Journal, Aroideana, can and will be
interesting to a broad section of our membership, every issue!
This issue I found to be a particularly interesting one, many varied
subjects! Personally I would have liked to see an article on Aquatics, or
one on odd-ball edible aroids (new 'chubas"!!), but guess what?? Apart from
a note on growing seeds, I did not contribute, so I have NO room to
Something to look forward to in the next issue or the one after, depending
on how our research goes, a friend and myself HOPE to produce something on
some of the edible aroids in the W. Indian Islands, so much interesting
plants, foods down in that region! BUT---unless we get to doing it, no way
you will read and just MAYBE enjoy it.
SO---get off your collective duffs and put pen to paper and WRITE! Derek
will assist those who may conclude "I can`t write worth a damn", he will
make gold out of your dross!
As always your editor welcomes suggestions for the makeup of Aroideana,
which we all recognize to be one of the few tangible benefits of membership
(not to downplay the enormous satisfaction from the ?intangibles? that boost
interest in the family), but he journal can only include the material
submitted to it and endorsed by the reviewers. I am very pleased by what is
coming in, but recognize that there may be many members who would like other
topics to be included.
From my viewpoint the whole aglaonema situation has degenerated into
industry hype of the tacky multi-colour hybrids coming out of Asia, which
make a splash in a trade show and then fade as their unsuitability for
general growing and lack of interest by most aroiders becomes apparent.
Prove me wrong on this, if you will. Let me know who to chase for a serious
article and I will try to oblige.
As ever, Derek
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of Bluesea
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2007 12:04 PM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroideana
Philodendron and anthurium were largely treated decades ago in Aroideana. I
have been highly disappointed at the over-emphasis of amorphophallus and
other tuberous aroids in the most recent decades, so much so that I
occasionally consider canceling my membership and subscription. Sadly,
aglaonema, syngonium, raphidophora, epipremnum and other genera are only
occasionally mentioned these days. I guess I'm old school, I find the
tuberous aroids boring and only slightly interesting. I have no clue why
they have taken Society members by storm.
I received yesterday the latest issue of Aroideana.It is always the same
pleasure each time.If in the past Philo,Anthurium were largely treated ,but
now ,Arum and others mediterranean genus are not missed and the article of
Kerim Alpinar is especialy interesting!
I find it more intersting than 90' issues;Thanks to all writers
contributors for their useful work!
I take this opportunity to inform aroiders who received from me in 2004
Amorphophallus sp. from Malawi bulbs that I can confirm the species :
One larger tuber has flowering in june and revelated his identity.
A second species I collected in north Zambia also has flowering too for the
first time :A.mossambicensis.
Those african species are not so hard to grow and corm storage is easier
than Asian species.
for the rest,we get the worst weather I ever experienced for a growing
season: Lot of rains,few sun,low T° and no summer conditions...totaly crazy!
Without any doubt,I prefer dry and hot summer we had previously!
Jean-luc , France
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