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  black anthurium ?
From: "Lyn Edwards" lynelda at austarmetro.com.au> on 2001.09.25 at 02:50:15(7540)
I have just acquired a plant sold to me as a black anthurium from an orchid
grower who didn,t know anything about this plant.Does such a plant exist ? I
have taken a couple of digital photos which I could send if anyone could
take a look for me. The leaves are about 2 feet tall and held very stiffly.
The flower is nestled at the base and is very definately black ,
Lyn Edwards
From: Albert Huntington balberth at yahoo.com> on 2001.09.25 at 14:51:55(7541)
Hello Lyn,

If you're talking about an anthurium with a flower that looks superficially
like A. andreanum, but having a deep purple to almost black spathe, yes, such a
beast does in fact exist.

Speculation when the list last discussed it ( search the archives at
http://www.mallorn.com/lists/aroid-l/ ) was that it is Anthurium cabrerense
Engler from Colombia.

From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2001.09.27 at 03:40:07(7550)
There was an extended discussion on aroid-l on this topic early this year.
This was from a message I sent last May.
From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2001.09.27 at 03:42:22(7551)
In a message dated 9/25/2001 10:52:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time, balberth@yahoo.com writes:

If you're talking about an anthurium with a flower that looks superficially
like A. andreanum, but having a deep purple to almost black spathe, yes, such a
beast does in fact exist.

hi lynn,

i got your pics. yours does not seem to be the plant that albert refers to above, which i have also seen for sale at the ny orchid show. your plant's spathe is not as impressive as the one mentioned above and it doesn't look like the "black andreanum." but it's very nice nonetheless. where did you get this?

sorry can't help you, but at least you know what it isn't... :-)

tsuh yang chen, nyc, USA

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.09.27 at 14:45:18(7553)
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2001 11:42
Subject: Re: black anthurium ?

Dear Folks,

First off, I am NOT an Anthurium person, so am only
offering this info. as a 'tip' to what this plant ( I have not seen a photo as
yet) MAY turn out to be---at least ONE of the so-called 'black' Anthuriums is
Anthurium berriozabalense--I have seen this plant presented as the 'black'
Anthurium on several occasions, and though it does not have as large a spathe
as the seemingly as-yet-undescribed species from the highlands of Colombia,
some specimens demonstrate a respectably sized purple-black spathe, but it is
carried errect on a much longer peduncle than the Colombian
species. I believe that the photos posted by a member this morning
( I had some trouble w/ the d/load, so could not keep the file!) are of
Anthurium berriozablense, this species, with grey-green THICK-textured
sagittate leaf blades grows in the low lands of Mexico as a terrestrial, while
the species w/ the short peduncle and a much larger spathe grows as an
epiphite on trees in the high altitudes of Colombia.
This is one more lesson on the
value of Latin scientific names!



From: Betsy Feuerstein ecuador at midsouth.rr.com> on 2001.10.09 at 02:44:32(7564)
Yes, we did have great discussion about this plant last spring. I will put my
two cents in here since I was out of the country when it was apropos.

This plant is Colombian, #1. There is a great variance in its black quality.
Some are very black and some have a maroon color cast. I suspect the one in the
picture is an old flower and one that has more of a red cast to it. All are
very pretty but one has to accept that there is some variance in the 'black'
quality of the flowers. I know it is grown in Florida by one grower under a
mist system but in general, being honest, it is a difficult one to grow. I have
grown it here in mid America and flowered it. I fully agree that it is most
likely a fairly high altitude plant.

I brought a few back with me so if anyone is interested, they can get in touch
with me off line. All that I brought back were in flower so I could determine
the quality of the flower color. I went through hundreds of plants to pick the
best that were in bloom.


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