From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.09.30 at 12:37:49(14716)|
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Saturday, September 30, 2006 6:17 AM
To : Discussion of aroids
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Cyrtosperma merkusii--the story
Thanks, Brian, nice photo!!
While we are on this subject, perhaps someone out there may be able to
provide us w/ some information on a couple of subjects.
A good friend has told me that several years ago, while visiting Hawaii, he
recalls visiting (he thinks) 'Lyonn Arborium' (name/spelling?) and that they
had a collection of, amongst other plants, several clones of the edible
Cyrtosperma merkusii from all over the Pacific/Micronesian region, also
different clones of Breadfruit trees, Colocasia esculenta (taro), etc..
They were getting these collections of genetic material together because
many of them were rapidly declining on their native Islands. As the
availability of 'modern'/canned/dried foodstuffs became more common, even on
the most previously inacessable islands, native people were no longer
bothering to cultivate some of there rarer plants/foods.
Surely the IAS has some members or at least 'lurkers' "out there" either on
the Hawaiian Islands themselves, or members here in the USA, who read this
list and who can offer us information on these collections in Hawaii, or
perhaps even on other Pacific Islands such as Fiji, etc.???
Off topic, does anyone know if there are folks here in the USA who have
plants of native Hawaiian Hibiscus genera/species in cultivation??