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  Alocasia cultivars
From: DBurch2345 at aol.com on 2000.03.30 at 16:07:12(4277)
Could someone familiar with alocasia cultivars/hybrids please help with this
question.
Is there a hybrid or cultivar Alocasia 'Portadora' ( or Alocasia xportadora)?
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From: "Plantsman" plantsman at prodigy.net> on 2000.03.31 at 13:53:09(4287)
Having bought one of these a year and a half ago at a nursery on Hilton
Head Island,
SC after instantly falling it love with it's appearance, it was labeled:
Alocasia
'Portadora' and is the cross between A. portei and A. odora. It resembles the
common A. macrorrhizos except the leaves are larger and have a unique
crescent-cut
ruffled edge and are a different shade of green. I don't know the fancy
scientific
descriptive but it's quite distinctive and attractive. The color is
different also
and there's more contrast between the veins and stem and the rest of the
leaf. A
very attractive plant and doesn't seem to mind induced dormancy for the
past two
winters. The only odd thing I've noticed is that it never has over two mature
leaves at any one time while growing. As soon as a third one begins to
unfurl, the
older of the two will begin to decline. Anyone have any thoughts as to that?

Plantsman

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From: Denis denis at skg.com> on 2000.03.31 at 13:55:46(4291)
Derek:

Agristarts is tissue culturing the Alocasia x Portidora but I think the others
are mispellings or mispronunciations of the same. Mr. Garner bred a lot of
hybrids back in the 80's but have not seen any other one tissue cultured
as much

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From: Tony Avent tony at plantdel.com> on 2000.04.01 at 07:14:17(4304)
Derek et al:

The information that we discovered when writing a description for our
catalog was that the cross was made by Larry Gardner. Larry then sold/gave
the seedlings to Ron Weeks, who selected out one plant and gave it the name
A. 'Portadora'. I hope this helps. It is truly a wonderful plant...and
has been hardy here.

Tony Avent

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From: Don Burns donburns at macconnect.com> on 2000.04.01 at 07:22:11(4306)
> The information that we discovered when writing a description for our
>catalog was that the cross was made by Larry Gardner. Larry then sold/gave
>the seedlings to Ron Weeks, who selected out one plant and gave it the name
>A. 'Portadora'. I hope this helps. It is truly a wonderful plant...and
>has been hardy here.

Ron Weeks is a member of this mail list. Ron, please tell us about this.

Don Burns

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From: Ron Weeks rhweeks at ibm.net> on 2000.04.03 at 14:58:55(4332)
Derek,

Alocasia "Portadora" and A. "Portora" are different selections from the
same A. portei x A. odora cross made by Larry Garner in the early
1980's. The name A. "xportora" is a typo for portora that I neglected to
correct. Larry chose the name "Portora". I believe the name "Portadora"
came from a California producer.

Larry wrote about his work in Hybridizing Alocasias for the Landscape,
Aroideana volume 6, number 3. Several photos are in The Cultivated
Alocasia, Aroideana volume 7, number 3-4.

I purchased many of the "Portora" and "Calidora" seedlings and grew them
out to make the best selection for tissue culture production. The plants
ranged from lance leaf miniatures to broadleaf giants. Petioles and
veins in A. Portora went from reddish to a pale yellow. With the help
of Jim Georgusis two forms of A. Portora and one A. Calidora were
selected for TC production. Both A. Portora, a red and a green form, had
large, broad upright leaves and were strong growers. The green A.
Portora was dropped because landscapers either preferred the red form or
did not care.

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From: Tony Avent tony at plantdel.com> on 2000.04.04 at 19:56:35(4341)
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