Re: [IGSROBIN] Brouwer - Geranium arboreum
Robin- I am now on a holy quest. This species will be in Florida before
June of this year if I have to go to hawaii to find it.
the other Robin
From: Robin Parer <geraniac@PACBELL.NET>
To: IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU <IGSROBIN@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU>
Date: Wednesday, February 03, 1999 2:31 PM
Subject: Brouwer - Geranium arboreum
>I am sorry to disappoint you because I would dearly love to give you
>seed of Geranium arboreum, but it really is protected, if not by CITES,
>then by the National Park Service. The plant's habitat is under
>terrible threat by cattle and wild pigs, and it really is only now
>growing in steep ravines where these appalling animals can't get to it.
>When I last saw it, there was practiclly no seed, and although the
>plants appeared to be suckering at the base, the leaves seem to have
>some kind of fungal disease, and were distorted and brown. The plant is
>pollinated by sun birds, who themselves are endangered.
>I very much doubt if the plant can be maintained in cultivation, because
>it seems to need a combination of volcanic soil, high altitude, fog, and
>rain to keep it happy. I saw it briefly at Cambridge Universiy, years
>ago, as a six inch plant in a pot, but it looked sick and disease
>Kind regards, and I will make a note of your new address.