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  Ongoing saga of P. tortum.
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2002.01.26 at 20:26:17(8074)
Dear Friends,

As promised, I made the trip down to Mr. Merkle`s g/house this morning and
photographed his plants and made some observations and notes which I will
share with you all (below).

All of the large plants presently at Mr. Merkle`s place appear to be of the
broad-leaflet variety, some are large adults in bloom, others are small
immatures from cuttings. None appear to have grown to a maximum size, but
several are certainly very large, beautiful adult and blooming plants.
None had more than one of the claw-like prophylls, so may have all been
'just-adult', not old plants.
The large, mature leaves all consisted of between 10 and 13 divisons per
side, this count excluded the final single apical segment and also the
segments of what I deemed the 'posterior divisions'. These posterior
divisions consisted of a group of segments divided into 3 sometimes 4
divisions, the shortest toward the sinus, the longest furthest away from the
sinus. ( I noted that the illus. in TGOA, pg. 171, 'D', a fine-leafed P.
tortum, also has the same count, 13-13, and the same kind of posterior
divisions).

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From: Durightmm at aol.com on 2002.01.27 at 09:00:52(8077)
Very interesting Julious. Will the photos eventually be shown on perhaps Lester Kallus's web? Joe

From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2002.01.27 at 19:04:23(8079)
Julius and all,

This P. tortum question is getting exciting, so I will add more fuel to
the fire:

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