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  Venezuelan Aroids
From: StellrJ at aol.com on 1998.11.20 at 11:28:10(2775)
I tried sending this before, but for some reason it did not get through--my
"sent mail" file has no record of it.

I will be traveling in Venezuela in January, and would like to know which
Aroids are likely to be in bloom there at that time. I will be first in
Merida State, visiting paramo and cloud forest habitats, then will go into
Barinas State, to the Caparo Forestry Reserve, which is a dry forest habitat.
Is anyone familiar with the Venezuelan aroid flora?

Jason Hernandez

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.11.20 at 20:03:29(2776)
I will be traveling in Venezuela in January, and would like to know which
Aroids are likely to be in bloom there at that time. I will be first in
Merida State, visiting paramo and cloud forest habitats, then will go into
Barinas State, to the Caparo Forestry Reserve, which is a dry forest
habitat.
Is anyone familiar with the Venezuelan aroid flora?

Jason Hernandez
Naturalist-at-Large

Dear Jason,
You need to immeadiately purchase a copy of Aroideana Vol. 9, (1-4) 1986,
"The Araceae of Venezuela" by Dr Thomas Croat. Everything (or most) of what
you need/want to know is in it. Contact-- The International Aroid Society,
c/o this forum. You also need to join the Society if you are already not a
member!
Cheers,
Julius

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From: StellrJ at aol.com on 1999.01.22 at 19:15:26(2944)
Hello, Aroiders.

Just last night, I got back from three weeks in Venezuela. I would like
to report a little bit on the Aroids I saw there.

Unfortunately, I was only able to make one short trip into the cloud
forest in the Cordillera de Merida. However, while there, I saw that the
epiphytic Anthurium (I believe it may have been A. nymphaeifolium) was in
bloom, with pink and red spathes. A terrestrial Anthurium was not in
bloom.

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From: "Peter Boyce" <Boyce at pothos.demon.co.uk> on 1999.01.23 at 09:33:19(2945)
Jason

The Heliconia-like thing may have been Phenakospermum guianense.

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From: Bob Riffle <71270.3070 at compuserve.com> on 1999.01.23 at 15:31:13(2948)
Jason, I don't know of any Heliconia species whose stems branch and,
if this is the case, it's probably not a H. species. Nor would the
term "panicle" apply to the form of the inflorescence of a Heliconia;
although the zig-zagged rachis of the inflorescence of many H species
may appear (especially from a distance) to form a panicle.

Some Canna species produce inflorescences that are technically
panicles, and the leaves of some are quite reminiscent of those
of some Heliconia species. Again, hoswever, I don't think there
is a species with branching pseudostems.

It's really the branching stem that seems the problem. Could it be
that what you saw *appeared* to have branching pseudostems because
of its clumping habit?

Robert Lee Riffle, author of THE TROPICAL LOOK

From: "patricia frank" <tricia_frank at hotmail.com> on 1999.01.23 at 20:09:28(2950)
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