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  Alocasia sarian
From: Adam Black epiphyte1 at earthlink.net> on 2001.10.25 at 06:16:27(7679)
>I don't know any of the history behind Alocasia 'Sarian' but we have some
>growing here and they sure look like they have A. zebrina in them. How big
>will they get? we planted small ones out this spring and they are up 3-4'
>tall. They are very attractive but my favorite Alocasia is till A.
>'Portora' and A. macrorrhiza 'Nigra'.

I have been curious about Alocasia Sarian as well. Alocasias aren't my
main focus as far as aroids go, but I could not resist purchasing a
small Alocasia sarian almost a year ago, and it shot up to six feet high
since then. I am not sure if this is a lead or not, but in searching the
internet for some other botanical subject, I came across a website
originating in (I think)the Phillipines dealing with horticulture, and
there was mention of someone with the last name of Sarian. It was not my
focus at the time, and I meant to look into it a little more, but never
got around to it. Perhaps this is a hybrid created by this person, or a
species named after him or her, or perhaps it is just a coincidence. I
hope it turns out to be a species.

One thing I have noticed about my plant its that despite being six feet
tall, it never holds more than three leaves. As soon as a new leaf
begins to appear, the oldest leaf begins to die. I assumed this is just
how this plant worked, but then I noticed some A. Sarians at Fairchild
in their rainforest that had five or six leaves on them. Am I doing
something wrong? I assumed that since it grew so fast that it was happy,
but if it can only carry a limited amount of leaves, I am beginning to
wonder what it is lacking. I grow it as a bog plant in with exposure to
full sun for a third of the day, and filtered sun for the rest of the
day, and the roots are always in very saturated conditions, whereas the
Fairchild plants I observed were just in the ground in a semi-shaded
/moist environment. Any comments would be appreciated.


Adam Black

From: George Yao gcyao at netasia.net> on 2001.10.27 at 14:01:55(7686)
Hi Adam and everyone,

Offhand I can say what I heard that A. sarian or 'Sarian' was discovered in
Mindanao and named after Zac B. Sarian, an editor of the Home and Garden
and the Agriculture sections of Manila Bulletin (a daily newspaper) and
Agriculture, a monthly magazine published by Manila Bulletin. He was
awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award (a sort of Philippine version of the
Nobel Prize) a few years back for his untiring efforts to disseminate
information on modern agricultural technology. He is also an honorary
member of the Philippine Horticultural Society in which I am quite active now.

Some consider A. sarian a species but Dr. A. Hay, in his latest review of
Philippine Alocasias, regarded it as a hybrid.

Once in a while, I encounter Mr. Sarian, so I'll ask him for more details.

George Yao

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.10.27 at 16:43:40(7692)
Hi George and Friends,

First off I am NOT an 'Alocasia person', I LOVED them, they responded by
hating me and dropping dead by the droves. I have been reading about
this A. 'sarian' for a short while on this list, and the name sure sounded
familiar, so I looked around at the nursery where I am now employed and they
sell LOTS of it, a plant about 5-6 ft tall that seem to want to get even
larger as there is no sign of blooming as yet, three good leaves seem to be
carried at a time, two or three plants to a 7 gal. pot. It MAY be a
species, but sure looks like a hybrid to me, I THINK that I can 'see' A.
sanderiana in it`s parentage. There is another 'we' sell called A. 'white
knight' that looks pretty simular, but smaller in stature (about 2 1/2 ft.
tall) and the silver in the veins has sort of 'ran' into the surface of the
leaf giving a silvered effect, and it has mottled petioles.

George, if you find out more about the origin of A. sarian please let us



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