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  Black anthurium and Anth Peltigerum
From: Betsytrips at aol.com on 2001.01.31 at 12:53:58(5901)
Okay, I have promised some of you along the way that I would attempt to find
out if we could get some of the black anthurium from Colombia into this
country and how much they would cost. Well, the news is good, we can get
them, and the not so good is, they are not cheap. Not much I can do about
that one. I do not mind getting them out but my costs must be covered. Being
the time of year that it is and this winter in particular, they would have to
go out overnight mail and best from here is FedEx since we are their hub. I
can take them into their office until eleven at night and get them delivered
the next day. Remember also I told you they do not like summer heat. I have
lost many in the past so I do not want anyone to buy such without the
acceptance of the reality that it most likely is a higher altitude plant. I
have grown it for years and then have had it kick the bucket. I can tell you
the first time I saw this in a collection in Ecuador, I nearly lost control
of my bodily functions. The owner leaned over and cut the top off of the
plant and said to me something I shall never forget, "By sharing this with
you, I will have many more." Of course, he meant the plant would send out
side shoots on its base, and it did. The commercial grower tells me he has
seen the black puckered andreanum flowers get to the size of two of his open
hands. I have not seen this in reality, but I have seen a picture from the
Colombian grower and it was huge, much bigger than any andreanum I have ever
seen even the fancy commercial varieties out there at the florists. To the
best of my knowledge this plant has not been described botanically but I know
it is known about. Things in Colombia do not foster collecting by foreigners
or locals the same. Since there is a commercial market for this plant, the
Colombians will not give up the collecting data on it.

Cost for small is $35.00 + shipping to me by the importer +

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