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  Typhoniums, scented and hardy
From: Steve Marak samarak at arachne.uark.edu> on 2000.08.03 at 20:25:21(5227)
Re the scent of Typhonium violifolium, I can't comment directly, as mine
haven't yet shown growth. I can add to the stories of how variable human
noses are at detecting various scents, however. I can detect scents such
as Dracunculus and the typical Amorph at much greater range than my wife,
while there are some azaleas that have a wonderful fragrance to both of us
and others that only she can smell. You'll notice that it's my luck to
have greater sensitivity to the unpleasant odors, with the notable
exception of Plectranthus, which has no aroma to most people I've asked,
but is quite pleasant and distinctive to my mother and me.

As to hardiness of Typhoniums, I will add horsfieldii to my want list
immediately.

What about T. diversifolium and T. alpinum? I'm looking at a line in
Deni's book (first edition, of course) referencing locations in the
Himalayas between 2500 and 4300 meters for the former, and 4000 meters for
the latter. Comments, anyone, or more precise location data? (Wilbert,
please don't tell me you've killed off these species somehow! I'm still
mourning the impending death of Sauromatum!)

Of course, if anyone should have sources of these species, or in the
interest of scientific observation care to send me samples to trial here
in NW Arkansas, I would be most grateful.

Steve

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From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 2000.08.03 at 21:51:13(5229)
In a message dated 8/3/00 10:25:42 PM Central Daylight Time,
samarak@arachne.uark.edu writes:

<< with the notable

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2000.08.04 at 08:55:50(5231)
Dear Steve,

hey, I am NOT killing species, only misleading names. And Typhonium
diversifolium and alpinum are here to stay. When the altitude data by Deni
are as they are, you may indeed suggest that they are temperate. However, be
careful here because there may also be low altitude material of the same
species, and those may not be that hardy. T. horsfieldii is a case in pint,
being found also at near sea-level in other parts of its geographic range.
We may want to have a bit of input here from Peter Boyce (he's in the USA
right now, so maybe later) who has cultivated several of my Typhonium clones
on his window sill.

Then there is Typhonium brevipes (once Sauromatum), whihc is a Himalayan
thing and the recently described Sauromatum gaologongense (recombined in
Typhonium by Peter and me in the next Aroidena), which is also a submontane
thing. Point is: how do we GET them............?

Wilbert

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