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  Name for Giraffe Knee
From: "Sampson" <wiz at texas.net> on 1999.02.17 at 19:57:41(3034)
Anyone know the name of the aroid that is known by the Giraffe Knee?
I have just limited amounts of information that I have found available.
Thank you,
Lucy Sampson
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From: alistair_hay at rbgsyd.gov.au on 1999.02.18 at 09:08:24(3035)
Gonatopus boivinii is a wild guess! It is African and has a
conspicuous geniculum half way up the petiole.

Alistair Hay

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From: Jonathan Ertelt <jonathan.ertelt at vanderbilt.edu> on 1999.02.18 at 09:30:10(3036)
At 10:01 PM -0600 2/17/99, Sampson wrote:
>Anyone know the name of the aroid that is known by the Giraffe Knee?
Lucy - Gonatopus bovinii is the plant you are asking about.
Good Growing.
- Jonathan

From: "Peter Boyce" <pb02kg at lion.rbgkew.org.uk> on 1999.02.18 at 09:36:17(3037)
I'd take a guess as Gonatopus boivinii

Pete

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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey Fisk) on 1999.02.18 at 09:42:23(3038)
Could you be thinking of Gonatopus boivinii?
Dewey

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1999.02.18 at 09:48:50(3039)
>Anyone know the name of the aroid that is known by the Giraffe Knee?
I have just limited amounts of information that I have found available.
Thank you,
Lucy Sampson
San Antonio, Texas
wiz@texas.net
Wiz is my pet parrot, not any person in the house, in case you were
wondering
about this!<

My guess, based on the name you give, would be Gonatopus boivinii, as it has
a prominent 'knee' (geniculus) about half-way up the leaf stem (petiole).
It has a divided leaf blade and is tuberous, sometimes becomming a weed in
collections.
Send us a little more information and a brief discription of your 'Giraffe
Knee', or post a photo for a more precise I.D.
Good growing.
Julius

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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey Fisk) on 1999.02.18 at 11:36:20(3042)
What a consensus!!!!! Next question is how many tons do you want?
Dewey

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From: "Sampson" <wiz at texas.net> on 1999.02.19 at 17:32:47(3046)
Alistair, Jonathan, Peter, Dewey, Julius and others on the list--Thank you
for letting me know the name of this Plant! I appreciate it.

I believe you are all right! Now I am interested in getting more of these
aroids.
It looks similar to 'Konjac' with this plants leaves being more rounded and
fuller, leaves also patterned not ribbed, petiole is all green and a joint
like a flamingo or crane has on its leg mid-way. It has reached 48 inches
in height and the tallest branch is leaving the stem at 36inches and that is
the top of the stem, it has 4 main branches with leaves that on every branch
have differing shapes and the way they are grown in differs also. Another
words not at all semetric.

The history of this plant is that I have done volunteer work at the
Botanical gardens here and I got this pot from the pile of things they were
throwing out. No live green anything showing or from what I could tell
would be coming up. The side of pot says cabbage flower on it and the
Bonsai store tag too. I took it home and watered it, and in a few weeks a
very large and interesting shoot emerged, I NEVER say anything like it
before!! My husband and I were so excited and I poured through my books to
see what it could be. Not until I found the Aroid Society pages did I even
have an idea what this was. (Note here: if I took it back to the gardens
after rescuing it from the trash they would most likely reclaim it with out
telling me even what it was and I would have no fun with it. They didn't
let us have any extras etc. except from the trash bin. Sigh...) That was
last April or May and it is still going strong. It didn't bloom and I don't
even know if it is supposed to.

I love working with the plants but am now really getting excited to buy some
from you all who have them available. This last year we have had an
exciting time going on at our church as we have just moved into a new one
and I will be placing many of these interesting ones on display there so
people can learn about them and appreciate them. Some of you may have
heard about our minister Max Lucado. I really like the children to be
involved in learning about plants and their environments, so besides at
church I also volunteer teaching horticulture at the local grade school.

Lucy Sampson

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From: "Peter Boyce" <Boyce at pothos.demon.co.uk> on 1999.02.20 at 09:25:19(3047)
Lucy

Interested to hear that you have the all green form of G. boivinii. There is
a spectacular grey and three shades of green clone (the same as the plant
used to describe this species) in cultivation that is worth looking out. The
Kew plant of this species (which we got from Josef Bogner in Munich, Germany
many years ago) is the green form.

Pete

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1999.02.20 at 09:31:00(3048)
>Alistair, Jonathan, Peter, Dewey, Julius and others on the list--Thank you
for letting me know the name of this Plant! I appreciate it.<<

Dear Lucy,

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From: Jim and Lucy Sampson <wiz at texas.net> on 1999.02.20 at 19:44:50(3049)
Peter,
Thank you for sharing this information with me.

If the G. boivinii had been given to you by Josef Bogner from Munich so
long ago, is this a rare plant at all? May be best if kept in the
botanical gardens collection then. It would certainly be interesting to
see it in the grey shade as well. The leaves on this are a very deep
green.

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From: "Sampson" <wiz at texas.net> on 1999.02.21 at 20:47:09(3054)
Peter, Julius, other persons on the list,

I wanted to let you know that I must not have been too clear on talking
about
this G. bovinii that I have growing, I meant to say in this paragraph
you quoted from my statement to Peter, that the plant I got from the gardens
here, if it is rare, that it should go back to the collection. It was not
meant to
be any reference to Peter's plants leaving Kew. I would indeed feel badly
and irresponsible if I kept a plant that should be kept at the gardens by
the experts. I wouldn't do that. Just wanted to clear that up, so there
wouldn't be a misunderstanding. Sometimes it is hard to convey the thoughts
here on the computer, and things don't always come out the way I intended.

Lucy Sampson

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