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  Raphidophora vs. Monstera - or maybe neither?
From: Jonathan Ertelt jonathan.ertelt at vanderbilt.edu> on 2000.06.13 at 19:13:34(4761)
I have been having trouble posting to the aroid list for the last few days
- the following was posted for me by Jack last night, but I'm reposting it
as part of a test to see if the listserve will accept my posts now. If you
didn't see what follows when Jack posted it, it is worth looking at. Thanks

Jonathan

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From: "Peter Boyce" p.boyce at rbgkew.org.uk> on 2000.06.14 at 14:37:17(4767)
Jonathan

This is fascinating - I assuemt that while not fitting a genus in the
Monstereae that the inflorescences are right for the family? Does
anyone have a pic of this thing is flower?

Clearly if this this is doing as described AND is an aroid then it
ain't M. dubia BUT in my defence that plant we have here at Kew,
that matches the Amsterdam and Geoggrey's plant, is a perfect
match for the juvenile stage of M. dubia preerved on the type
specimen of that name.

This is VERY interesting.

Pete

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From: GeoffAroid at aol.com on 2000.06.14 at 16:50:08(4779)
In a message dated 14/6/00 10:37:42 pm, p.boyce@rbgkew.org.uk writes:

<< This is fascinating - I assuemt that while not fitting a genus in the
Monstereae that the inflorescences are right for the family? Does

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From: "Peter Boyce" p.boyce at rbgkew.org.uk> on 2000.06.15 at 14:45:58(4788)
Geoffrey

The lack of intergeneric hybrids is not total. A Japanese plant
geneticist has crossed Alocasia odora with C. esculenta (very poor
seed set and those seedlings raised v. weak growing -as of last
year none yet flowered) which suggests that there may well be
complex barriers to overcome (since Alocasia and Colocasia are
certainly v. closely related). However, another reason is
undoubtedly that no-one has ever really tried.

Pete

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