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Re: Introduction / true to species material of Anthurium scherzerianum

  • Subject: Re: Introduction / true to species material of Anthurium scherzerianum
  • From: Tom Croat <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 03:41:39 +0000

Dear John: 

 

Anthurium scherzerianum is rare, even in the wilds of Costa Rica where it was described.  It does indeed come from high elevations, 1300-2400 m and I can’t imagine that it could be long cultivated at near sea level.

 

Tom

 

From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of John Criswick
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:34 PM
To: 'Discussion of aroids'
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Introduction / true to species material of Anthurium scherzerianum

 

This is interesting!

 

A. scherzerianum has for so long dropped out of sight that I had forgotten its existence.

 

But it was a species much valued as a potted plant. I wonder why it disappeared?

 

Unfortunately I have no good news to offer you since A. scherzerianum is not happy under tropical conditions. It is apparently indigenous to high altitudes in the tropics?

 

Johnj Criswick.

 

-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of S.M. Wellinga
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:45 PM
To: aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com
Subject: [Aroid-l] Introduction / true to species material of Anthurium scherzerianum

 

Hello Forum,

 

I joined this list a couple of weeks ago, and after having lurked this long I guess an introduction is appropriate. I have studied Biology at the University of Amsterdam, and am living in the north of The Netherlands, province of Friesland. Ever since I was a small boy, I have had a keen interest in anything green - this besides my other great pastime, bird watching. Over the last 35 years, my interest has mainly been focused on the cultivation of botanical orchids, of which I now have some 400 plants and close to 200 species. Besides these, I have a fair share of other botanical plant species, such as bromeliads (mainly Tillandsias), gesneriads, cacti (mainly epiphytic species and winter hardy Echinocerei), some Hoyas and Hippeastrums, several carnivorous plants etc. growing in an artificial raised bog in the back yard, and a couple of Anthurium species (A. andraeanum, A. cabrerense, A. flavolineatum, A. gracile, A. scandens and an unidentified species, bought from Ecuagener

a as A. flavolineatum, but to me something totally different).

 

It is with respect to the latter genus that would like to ask for a favour. Since a long time I have tried to source material of true to species Anthurium scherzerianum. I remember that when I was in my teens, A. scherzerianum was still easy to find from florists (which back then often still propagated plants from their own stock, instead of offering laboratory produced 'mass crops' as is the norm today), but since then the true species has disappeared in favour of Anthurium hybrids - which, in The Netherlands unfortunately are still offered as A. scherzerianum. Should any one of you be growing botanically pure material of A. scherzerianum, I would be much interested in obtaining either cuttings, or fresh berries that preferably are the result of controlled pollination, for which I am willing to pay. I therefore kindly request anyone having material to share to contact me privately.

 

Looking forward to hear from you, and with best regards,

 

Simon M. Wellinga

Heerenveen, The Netherlands / EU 

 

 

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