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  silver leaf Philo (hastatum? now blooming in Sydney
From: Tom Croat Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2002.11.15 at 18:19:57(9615)
Dear Eugene:

Philodendron hastatum has leaves like you describe. It is endemic
to Brazil, to the area around Rio, I think. Eduardo Goncalves should know
it well.


From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2002.11.19 at 22:36:37(9616)
Dear Eugene,

I have just checked in my plants to see if they are in flower, but they
are not yet. So here follows a few info on how to recognize it:

Vegetatively: Stems grayish, more or less smooth, internodes usually 1.5-2
cm thick in adult (flowering plants); petioles a little flattened
dorsiventrally; leaves sagittate-hastate (i.e., something between an
arrowhead and an inverted "T"; young leaves silvery, getting greener with
time. Fertile material: inflorescence usually solitary; spathe green
outside, usually pale green inside (as far as I remember); female flowers
with the stigma with a diameter smaller than the diameter of the ovaries;
ovaries with 5-6 locules and 2-4 per ovules per locule, attached nearby the
base of the ovule. I do not remember the color of the berries.
In the field the plant is a low climber, usually climbing up to the first
1.5-2 m of the host tree. The same is true for cultivated plants. It rarely
climbs high in the host tree or totem. Well, I think it is enough to
recognize. Any specific question, feel free to ask.

Very best wishes,


Eduardo G. Goncalves

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