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  Philo verrucosum hybrid?
From: Brian Williams pugturd at alltel.net> on 2003.12.19 at 18:34:25(10957)
I have a philo that seems to be around in a few collections. Its goes by
the name Philo verrucosum hybrid which it does look like a verrucosum
with out the hair on the stems. Does anyone know if this is a actual
hybrid? If so who made this cross? If is is a cross what is the other
parent it is easily one of the nicest and easiest to grow velvet leaf
aroids I have. At the moment I have 2 to 3 ft leaves on one that are
about 1 1/2 ft wide. It looks to be about to bloom will take pictures of
the flower maybe this could help ID then thing and get a proper name to

From: Neil Crafter golfstra at senet.com.au> on 2003.12.21 at 14:37:45(10960)
Out here in Australia there are at least two or three plants similar to
true P. verrucosum in various collections. The ones I know about are:

P. x 'Corsinianum' - this is recorded as the first hybrid Philodendron,
from Italy I believe in the 1800's. It certainly appears to have
verrucosum as one parent as the underside of the leaves display the
characteristic red flush (although less strong) and branched venation
of P.verrucosum. The petioles are only roughened with no hair. The
plant also goes by the name of 'Bronze Shield' I believe, as the leaves
are somewhat convex in shape and fairly large.

P. verrucosum x ornatum - a hybrid with P.ornatum (old sodiroi) that
has leaves with the colour and veining of verrucosum on the back and
the front of the leaves have some silvery splashes. A nice plant.
Again, no hairs on the petioles, just knobbly.

The other one that is a bit similar is P.gigas. I have only seen a
small plant of this, but I'd say the leaves were much bigger and
thicker than verrucosum. Tom Croat can tell us more about P.gigas.

hope this helps.

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