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Re: A question primarily for our esteemed experts and botanists

  • Subject: Re: A question primarily for our esteemed experts and botanists
  • From: ExoticRainforest <Steve@ExoticRainforest.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:03:41 -0500

Her writings and the one video of her I have seen are incredible.  There is so much to learn about aroids as well as other rain forest species and the more good folks we know of the more we learn how to keep the rain forest  habitat alive and protected!

I wish more of you could have heard Dr. Scott Mori's talk a the IAS show on Saturday night.  Scott is a very down to earth man and I was privileged to spend a fair amount of time talking with him alone.  Everyone who heard his talk came home wiser!

And here is a "great" piece advice Scott gave to all of us at the show:  If you are ever faced with a jaguar in the forest and it attacks hit it on the nose for all you are worth!  If that won't work climb the nearest spiny palm!  Now I know that will hurt too but the jaguar won't follow!  Would you rather have to pull out some spines or have your legs eaten?

OK, I know few of us will ever be in that position but his entire talk was just that down to earth.  I am thankful we had him attend as our guest and all of us that were privileged to hang around with him have another great friend and source of information!

Thanks Scott!  It was great having a chance to meet and talk with you!


On 9/21/2010 12:10, mossytrail@hcc.net wrote:
Nalini is also a wonderful human being.  I have stayed in touch with her
family ever since 1996.  If I had not already done my undergrad at
Evergreen State, I would probably have applied to do my postgraduate with
her; but I felt it was better to change instsitutions for each degree.

If you are interested in canopy biology (because you fancy epiphytic
aroids, perhaps), she is also on Facebook.


Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:16:31 -0500
From: ExoticRainforest <Steve@ExoticRainforest.com>
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] A question primarily for our esteemed experts
	and	botanists!
To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
Message-ID: 4C8A921F.3090102@ExoticRainforest.com"><4C8A921F.3090102@ExoticRainforest.com>
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Thanks for the excellent info Ted!  Leland Miyano recommended I read
some of the works of Dr. Nalini M. Nadkarni who is known as the "Queen
of the Canopy" and have been learning quite a bit of the same from her
papers.  It does appear epiphytic plants find a way to absorb nutrients
in the canopy without necessarily drawing them directly from the host
tree which explains some of my original queries.  She also has some
excellent complete lectures that can be seen on the net.

Thanks again, and I do hope these types of discussions will continue on
this forum.  If anyone is interested you can find several of Dr.
Nadkarni's papers by typing her full name into Google and following it
with "PDF".  I am learning a great deal more than I expected!  The rain
forest is a very complex place and the more we understand how Mother
Nature makes it operate the more we learn about how to care for our

All of what you have just posted is now a part of my files!

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