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  Arisaema from Tanzania
From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2000.07.02 at 03:17:33(4948)
in the arid lands catalog (aridlands.com), a nursery that specializes in
succulent plants, they list an Arisaema from Tanzania, no species name. does
anyone know what it could be? i didn't know there were xerophytic plants in
this genus.

tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA

From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2000.07.02 at 16:07:44(4950)
There are about six or so species of Arisaema in Africa BUT, as has been
noted before here on the list, you may get to receive Gonatopus instead of


From: "Peter Boyce" Boyce at pothos.demon.co.uk> on 2000.07.02 at 16:09:17(4951)

There are a number of options - ulugurense, enneaphyllum or schimperianum
are the most likely. These are plants from seasonally wet savannha at high
altitudes. Other African species are bottae (Horn of Africa and the Gulf),
mooneyanum (Ethiopia), and another (name forgotten) from Somalia.

For the record, most of east Africa is not 'arid'; most is seasonally
(monsoon) wet grassland and there are large areas of everwet forest,
especially at high altitudes. Worth remembering that Saintpaulia originates
from Tanzania


From: "George R Stilwell, Jr." grsjr at juno.com> on 2000.07.02 at 16:12:22(4953)
Tsuh Yang Chen,

According to S.J. Mayo and M.G. Gilbert in their "A preliminary revision
of Arisaema (Araceae) in
tropical Africa and Arabia", Arisaema ulugurense is the only member of
the genus that comes
from Tanzania. So the probability is high that this is the Aridlands.com
plant. It is indeed an
unusual species.

Ray Stilwell

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