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Spathicarpa question

  • Subject: Spathicarpa question
  • From: Tindomul Er-Murazor <tindomul1of9@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 08:25:32 -0700 (PDT)

Hello all,

Thanks so much for the responses.  I don't know what species I have.  I bought it from an ebay vendor.  I keep this species pretty wet, and there is air movement becuase the tank I have it in has a fan attached to it, its enough to keep the orchids in there happy.  I have not seen any evidence of rot from the tuber or the leaves, and I have had this species flower in the tank.  Although I will not rule out anything at this point.
I've attached some pictures, where you can see the flower, and perhaps the leaves.  I believe these are saggittiform.

> From: crogers@ecoanalysts.com
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 11:00:34 -0700
> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Spathicarpa question

Dear Friends,

I THINK I recall Dr. Eduardo Goncalves saying that this genus occured in areas
that are seasonal wet, then become very dry and parched , so going dormant for a
while in the time of its original summer season (Oct.to Jan-Feb.??) might be
''natural'' for this plant.
I used to grow three species/forms of this--- S. hastifolia, S. sagittifolia
and the variagated one with lanceolate leaves. It certainly is a wonderful,
easy to grow little gem of an aroid. The inflorescence always reminded me of a
woman`s diamond tennis-type bracelet! A photo of a bloom in Deni Bown`s first
edition shows exactly what I mean.

Good Growing.


>> Hello!
> What species do you have? I have S. sagittifolia, which can go dormant on
occasion. I have grown this plant for four years, and there seems to be no
pattern to its dormancy, which lasts a month or less. The plant does need high
humidity, but also needs moving air, like orchids. Without the air movement, you
will lose leaves and can get some rot, which can kill the tuber.
> This species also likes to be kept in the shade, with only indirect light,
which yields nice green leaves and lots of blooms. In brighter light the leaves
become pale and sickly white or yellow.
> I hope this helps,
> Christopher
> D. Christopher Rogers
> Senior Invertebrate Ecologist/ Taxonomist
> ((,///////////=======<
> From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com
[mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Tindomul Er-Murazor
> Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2008 6:38 PM
> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
> Subject: [Aroid-l] Spathicarpa question
> hello all,
> I have a Spathicarpa, does this genus go dormant? I have it growing in a
wet terrarium, at first I thought maybe it was too wet, but then it grew and
flowered a few times. Then it lost all its leaves, but the corm/tuber is still
nice and hard and green and has lots of healthy white roots. Any ideas why it
would stop producing leaves? Conditions in the tank have not changed.
Message: 2
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 08:10:59 EDT
From: Riley2362@aol.com
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Spathicarpa question
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
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My Spathicarpa saggitifolia grows quite happily under moderate fluorescent
lights and loves water at the root zone - almost semiaquatic with no dormancy.

Its only dormancy comes when I let it dry out then it loses some top growth
but bounces right back from a good soaking. It has no special humidity
requirements and is always in flower.
Michael Riley

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