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  NY Times Rafflesia article
From: Steve Marak samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2004.01.27 at 12:10:50(11033)
Off topic, but most aroiders seem to have wide botanical interests, and
this is a member of the fellowship of stinky plants. (And they do refer to
Amorphophallus titanum near the end, though not by name.)


-- Steve Marak

From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid (prive)" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2004.01.27 at 19:55:51(11038)
This is restricted. I couldn't get in. Now what?


From: Steve Marak samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2004.01.27 at 21:49:33(11039)
Hmmm ... sorry, everyone, a friend sent me the link, and I did not have to
register or do anything to access it, and I don't recall that I ever did.
But I've checked my browser and apparently sometime in the dark past I
did. (Registration is free, of course, but a pain.)

I tracked down the home page of Dr. Todd Barkman, of Western Michagan
University, quoted in the NYT article and lead author on the paper. His
home page is interesting if you like Rafflesia:


but does not really talk about the new paper. The paper was published
online; the abstract can be seen (free) at:


The gist is the separation of Rafflesia and Mitrastema, traditionally
classified together, into Malpighiales and Ericales respectively, from
mitochondrial DNA studies.


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