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  re aroid fascination
From: Danielle Carl <cdanielle at prodigy.net> on 1999.06.16 at 07:09:18(3446)
I think I was first mainly attracted to aroids by their bizarre looking
foliage like Monstera with all the slits in its leaves and the endless
variation of foliage found in Philodendron. I get a kick out of owning
something most people haven't seen before like the exotic looking
Alocasia amazonica and A. 'Frydek' (I know some of you in warmer
climates say they're common in the local garden centers but they aren't
here). For me it's just coincidence that all these plants have
relatively the same flower anatomy. I had an aroid collection before I
knew what an aroid was. Don't get me wrong the inflorescence are very
interesting from a botanical perspective and some are very beautiful
like Zantadeschia and there are some Arisaema that I would love to have.
I once tried talking to a teacher I took botany with about a house plant
I have and she replied "I don't know anything about it, I'm not
interested in captive plants". I sometimes wish that I shared her spark
for native wild plants because it would seem so much easier to be
satisfied with a passion where its like god is the gardener and all you
have to do is appreciate the garden as much as we all should but for me
a big part of the draw is tending to my "captive plants" and watching
them grow. Maybe it's just the right balance of give and take to
participate in the miracle of life. I fulfill the plants requirements
and in return I get a sense of accomplishment out of watching them grow
and fill my space with something I enjoy being around. Taken a step
further plants are a part of my identity. People know me as a plant
person. I think one reason why I like bizarre plants is because they're
not common, if they were then they would be normal not bizarre so Being
that they aren't common and they look so bizarre they must be hard to
grow so I must be good at what I do to be able to grow them ;-) Ok so
not all aroids are so uncommon or hard to grow but the better care you
take of them the more they show they're strange attributes like the way
Monstera deliciosa only puts out leaves with an increasing number of
splits if you treat it right and the way many philodendrons change leaf
shape only when mature. I don't know if this is what you're looking for
Bob but I thought I'd take a stab at it.

Gabe Thomas

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