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Sent: Friday, September 03, 2010
Subject: [Aroid-l] Fw: Homalomena or
I bought an aroid in a pet shop as an
I think it is a species of Homalomena or
something from Schismatoglottideae from SE Asia.
The leaves are stiff, dry in touch, like the
leaves of Aglaonema.
The petioles are reddish at the base (but not
The leaf blades are 12-17 cm long on 11-14 cm
It produces 2 inflorescences from a
node. They are 3 cm tall on 4 cm long peduncles.
When I bought it, 3 days ago, all the spathes
were tightly wrapping the inflorescence.
Today one of them opened, I didn't notice
when, but it didn't unroll like most aroids.
I found it detached from the peduncle, a few
The inflorescence was rotten at the base,
so it fell off as I touched
The female flowers are about 1mm tall x
0.6 mm wide. There are no pistillodes or staminodes.
I opened also the second inflorescence,
but now I have no possibility to transfer the
The spathe is very thick, the female flowers
and there is an incredible amount of wet
pollen on the male flowers.
I may send the photos tomorrow.
It seems the plant was brutally cut off by a
because there are no roots at all.
I hope it will recover in my small
The plant looks almost identically as the one
that was identified as Homalomena insignis.
I managed to rescue it, but it is still very
small. This one is more robust.
(I attach 3 photos, these with dates as
filenames are Hom. insignis,
these beginning from 100 are photos of the