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  Update on Philippine Alocasias
From: George Yao gcyao at mydestiny.net> on 2006.06.15 at 10:46:28(14350)
Hello everyone,

I thought Alocasia enthusiasts would like to hear the latest updates
on Philippine Alocasias based on research being conducted by Melanie
Medecilo, whom some of you have met.

1. She is now describing the Bat Alocasia which she will name A. advinculae.
2. She found A. 'Sarian' in habitat in the Sierra Madre in
northeastern Luzon. Together with other findings, this indicates that
A. 'Sarian' is a species, which she will describe soon.
3. She saw several species in habitat, including A. sanderiana in
Bukidnon province in northern Mindanao.
4. She is studying a population of the true A. atropurpurea in Bontoc
in Northern Luzon. We will soon find out more about this little-known species.
5. She found several Alocasias that she considers to be new species.
She is now conducting DNA and palynological studies to confirm her suspicions.

George Yao

From: "Michael Pascall" mickpascall at hotmail.com> on 2006.07.13 at 12:10:31(14427)
George , thanks for the update , its fantastic that more species are being
found .
Has anyone found Alocasia sinuata in the wild again ?
From: George Yao gcyao at mydestiny.net> on 2006.07.16 at 15:40:59(14430)
Hello Michael,

I believe Ms. Medecilo saw a population of A. sinuata in Samar. As
for the A. atropurpurea, someone is trying to tissue culture it. It's
from an altitude of about 1,800 meter asl, so it might be able to
stand a lot of cold.


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