>list, I think that that would be great for all concerned. Thanks.
> >Many 'vining' Aroids do this, Philodendron, Monstera and Raphidophora come
> >to mind, it is a response to the growing conditions, and is a 'juvinile'
> >form of the plant which does and will change to one with 'normal' leaves
> >once it encounters different/'better' conditions higher up the tree, rock
> >face, or in the case of Fairchild Gardens, the wall!
> >Good luck in your quest!
>Julius, Jack, et al.,
>This is a most interesting plant growing at Fairchild. The difficulty
>regarding the 'juvinile' vs. 'normal' leaf type for this species is what
>can one mean by juvinile? The reason I ask this is that this plant blooms
>underneath those shield-like leaves, and has been doing so for years.
>Craig Allen was generous enough to let me have a piece when I was at UNC
>Charlotte, to grow there, and pointed out this phenomenon. He said, if I
>remember correctly, that it was labeled Raphidophora because they didn't
>know what else to label it. However, the inflorescences are small, not
>protruding from underneath the appressed shingle leaves - you don't know
>it's blooming unless you a.) prune it back, or b.) grow it on glass and
>look at it from the back side! It does certainly look like the
>silver-white veined plant that Geoffrey Kibby put on his website (Hello
>Geoffrey!) I am by no means an expert on Araceae - however, I would
>venture to say that the shingles leaves here are the mature leaves, and
>that this does not fit into any standard understanding of any of the genera
>in the tribe Monstereae. Regarding the idea of mature leaves, a healthy
>plant in good light will have leaves slightly overlapping - same plant goes
>to low light or falls from support, internodal growth stretches out and
>leaves can be greatly reduced. Improve conditions, leaves will go to
>previous description - i.e. always shingle type leaves, including after
>blooming has commenced, as stated above. Regarding not in any genera in
>Monstereae, this is simply based on a quick glance through of illustrations
>in _The Genera of Araceae, and a scanning of descriptions.
>Would be most interested in hearing opinions advanced. Good Growing.
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