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  Dracontium ID
From: Albert Huntington balberth at yahoo.com> on 2001.07.23 at 08:40:46(7092)
Hello Folks,

I got a plant a few years ago from Glasshouse Works labeled Dracontium gigas.
This plant has flowered for me this summer, and though it does in fact look
like Dracontium, the infloresence is approximately 6 inches in length, leading
me to believe that it is not gigas.

I have posted two pictures at:

http://users.ev1.net/~balberth/drac1.jpg

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From: dscherberich at free.fr on 2001.07.24 at 08:23:15(7103)
Hello Albert,

Indeed you are right, your plant is not D. gigas. It rather looks like D.
prancei which is an easy to grow and propagate (tubercules) species. The fact
that the inflorescence is produced at or very close to soil level and the bract
that covers the base of the spathe is important.

What do you think Julius ?

With best regards,

David

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From: Denis denis at skg.com> on 2001.07.24 at 11:57:49(7106)
Dear Albert:

I have something in my collection that I got from John Banta called
Pycnospatha arietina that looks very similar to your pictures. I am not
an expert in these types so I suggest you wait for confirmation or ID
from a more knowledgable taxanomic source.

Denis at Silver Krome Gardens
Homestead, Florida

From: "Michael Pascall" mickpascall at hotmail.com> on 2001.07.26 at 12:37:55(7136)
Albert , it looks a little like Dracontium polyphyllum .
I have several flowering now.

Michael Pascall,Curator,WHYANBEEL ARBORETUM,F.N.Q,AUSTRALIA

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.07.26 at 20:10:56(7139)
Dear Friends,

It is a GOOD match for photos of D. prancei G. Zhu. It sort of 'fits'
into' the 'group' of species that are soemwhat alike, D. polyphyllum, D.
nivosus and D. prancei, but my 'vote' is that it is D. prancei.
How are you doing, Michael?? Cheers, mate!

Sincerely,

Julius

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.07.26 at 20:12:01(7140)
Hi Albert,

I agree with you David, I also answered another letter from our friend
Michael in Australia earlier, I do not believe that it is D. polyphyllum.
It is a GOOD match with the photos we have seen of D. prancei.

Sincerely,

Julius

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From: Albert Huntington balberth at yahoo.com> on 2001.07.27 at 12:27:18(7154)
Hello Folks,

I would like to thank everyone who answered my question concerning the
identification of my plant, formerly labeled D. gigas.

It would appear that I have been given 3 diagnoses: D. prancei ( the current
favorite ), D. polyphyllum, and Pycnospatha arietina.

Looking at the pictures that our esteemed friend G. Zhu has on the aroid.org
webpage, there is certainly a resemblance to D. prancei more than D.
polyphyllum, but I would like to revisit Denis' diagnosis of a possible match
with P. arietina. In particular, the reason for my concern is that the shape
of the spathe of my plant doesn't quite seem to match either of the suggested
Dracontiums. The tip of the spathe is definitely curved over until it points
almost towards the ground, which is not the case with the suggested dracontium
pictures.

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2001.07.27 at 14:02:30(7159)
Look it up in the Genera of Araceae, a standard work everyone of this group
should owe by now.

But here is help: Dracontiums have scaly floral parts surrounding the
stamens and the pistil. Pycnospatha does not, every flower is just stamens
and a pistil. Happy now?

Cheerio,
Wilbert

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From: "Alan Galloway" alan_galloway at bellsouth.net> on 2001.07.27 at 14:36:17(7162)
> It would appear that I have been given 3 diagnoses: D. prancei ( the
current
> favorite ), D. polyphyllum, and Pycnospatha arietina.
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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.07.27 at 17:43:49(7169)
Dear Albert,

Now that I am over my virus cleansing, I have had a moment to have a CLOSE
look at your photos, and I do believe that your plant is a Pycnospatha.
The leaves (especially the small one to the left!) and the petioles shown in
the photo #1 are Pycnospatha, certainly NOT Dracontium, as is the spadix
shown in Photo # 2 which lacks the scale-like structures that surround each
individual flower on the spadix as one would see in Dracontium. It is a
wonderful and rare plant, so enjoy!

Sincerely,

Julius

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From: Albert Huntington balberth at yahoo.com> on 2001.07.28 at 07:49:11(7176)
Hi Folks,

--- Wilbert Hetterscheid wrote:
> Look it up in the Genera of Araceae,

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