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  Raphidophora or Monstera?
From: Jack Honeycutt jhoneycutt at uswest.net> on 2000.06.12 at 12:45:58(4734)
I am trying to ID a mystery vine that I found growing in a greenhouse in
Fairchild Tropical Gardens. It was labeled (perhaps incorrectly) as
Raphidophora sp.

Geoffrey Kerby posted a picture of a similar plant here:

http://members.aol.com/Geoffaroid/artwork/Rhaphidophora.jpg

Peter Boyce posted a message saying that he believes Geoffrey's photo to be
that of Monstera dubia.

Here are 3 snapshots of what I found at Fairchild:

Vine photo (close up) #1:

http://www.users.uswest.net/~jhoneycutt/child1b.jpg

Vine photo (close up) #2:

http://www.users.uswest.net/~jhoneycutt/child2b.jpg

Vine photo (small, very young leaves) #3:

http://www.users.uswest.net/~jhoneycutt/child3b.jpg

Here is the ID tag at Fairchild:

http://www.users.uswest.net/~jhoneycutt/child4a.jpg

Any guesses as to the ID of the vine at Fairchild would be appreciated.

jack in Portland Oregon

From: GeoffAroid at aol.com on 2000.06.12 at 18:12:48(4743)
Jack,

Yes, this is exactly the same species of vine which I posted on my website
and which Peter Boyce kindly identified as Monstera dubia! A lovely thing and
hard to imagine this turns into the large, slashed leaf type of plant we
associate with Monstera. Hans Hvissers in Amsterdam grows his in a propagator
tank on large tiles of cork and they completely cover the tiles in a mosaic
of ironed-flat leaves - very spectacular.

Regards,
Geoffrey Kibby

From: "Peter Boyce" Boyce at pothos.demon.co.uk> on 2000.06.13 at 19:10:15(4756)
Jack

It IS Monstera dubia...why doesn't anyone believe me????

Pete

From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2000.06.14 at 14:40:16(4775)
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From: Jack Honeycutt jhoneycutt at uswest.net> on 2000.06.14 at 19:28:55(4781)
At 09:10 PM 6/13/2000 -0500, you wrote:

>Jack
>
>It IS Monstera dubia...why doesn't anyone believe me????

Well, I believe you Pete and I have labeled my pictures as such.

I think I have tricked Geoffrey into sending me a snippet when he gets his
stock grown out. I want to see what it looks likes up close. It's been 6
months since I saw it at Fairchild Gardens and I cant get this strange
plant out of my mind. It would be grand to grow it here.

jack

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