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  Oceania
From: MossyTrail at cs.com on 2003.08.20 at 18:11:15(10525)
I will soon be relocating to Hawaii. Obviously, there are many tropical aroids in cultivation there, but I have found it difficult to find information on what, if any, native species are present. Of course, I would expect to see wild populations of taro, since that has been in the islands from prehistoric times, and possibly native species of Schismatoglottis or Epipremnum, though I am not certain -- the islands are quite far from the Asian centres of these genera.

Also, are there any good sources on the Araceae (or overall native flora) of Oceania in general, or of Micronesia (Caroline Islands) in particular? I am in process of planning an expedition there.

Jason Hernandez

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From: "Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden" htbg at ilhawaii.net> on 2003.08.20 at 18:24:41(10526)
Dear Jason,

There are no members of the Araceae native to the Hawaiian Islands. Being
the most physically isolated archipelago in the world, natural introductions
here were rare... averaging perhaps one every 60,000 years... leading to
amazing adaptive radiation of those species that did arrive.

Nevertheless, many aroids are cultivated here and many have naturalized.

Welcome to Hawaii!

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