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  Thailand aroids
From: Don Martinson <dmartin at post.its.mcw.edu> on 1998.12.22 at 05:04:41(2859)
Alan and all...

I snuck a peek at some of the other pictures on Alan's page and noted that
you have a picture of a Pycnospatha arietina from a Bangkok market.

I am planning visiting Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket) in late
January. Since I have an import permit, I was wondering what aroids would
be good to look for - in the markets and otherwise?
As far as wild growing aroids, in what growing stage might they be at this
time of year. When is their dormant period or is that highly variable with
species? This will be a great opportunity for me and I don't want to pass
anything up. Also, are there any particularly good botanical gardens to
visit?

Thanks and happy holidays to everyone.

Don Martinson

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From: alan at unity.ncsu.edu on 1998.12.22 at 16:47:24(2862)
Don Martinson wrote:
>
> I snuck a peek at some of the other pictures on Alan's page and noted that
> you have a picture of a Pycnospatha arietina from a Bangkok market.
>
> I am planning visiting Thailand (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket) in late
> January. Since I have an import permit, I was wondering what aroids would
> be good to look for - in the markets and otherwise?
> As far as wild growing aroids, in what growing stage might they be at this
> time of year. When is their dormant period or is that highly variable with
> species? This will be a great opportunity for me and I don't want to pass
> anything up. Also, are there any particularly good botanical gardens to
> visit?
>

Don,
You lucky rascal. I had planned a trip to Thailand this past Oct, but it
got canceled at the last minute.

There is supposed to be a nice botcanical garden in Chiang Mai ( the Queen's
garden).

I can get you the name/address of an orchid nursery in Bangkok ( in fact
they are the ones that sent me the Pycnospatha, although they sent it
as an Amorphophallus).

There are supposed to be several plant markets in Bangkok, and you should
be able to find some dormant Amorph tubers there.

merry christmas, alan

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From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.mobot.org> on 1998.12.22 at 16:54:29(2863)
Eddie Vernon, one of our list members, is in Thailand. But I believe he
is some distance from Bangkok. Hopefully he is reading his mail and can
add to this thread.

Don Burns Plantation, FL USA Zone 10b

From: "Eddie Vernon" <eddie_vernon at hotmail.com> on 1998.12.23 at 06:40:36(2864)
Hello Don,

Actually I am in China this week and in order not to let my hotmail mail
box become full I have just deleted some of the messages from the aroid
list without reading them (!), but your message below escaped deletion,
because I thought it might be a private message.

I did happen to read the previous message too and understand you'd like
to know where to find plants? If so, the best plant market in Bangkok is
at the Chatuchak Weekend Market open every Saturday and Sunday -
everybody in Bangkok knows this market so if you ask at your hotel they
can give you instructions on how to get there. The market sells many
things besides plants, but the plants are concentrated in one corner of
the market. Across the road from this corner are also many plant shops
that are open for the rest of the week.

I am not a specialist in Aroids so I am sorry I can't recommend any
particular people to contact.Let me know if there is anything else I can
do to help.

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