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  Syngonium rayii
From: "Harry Witmore" harrywitmore at witmore.net> on 2006.10.30 at 15:35:50(14779)
I saw a reference
that listed Dr Croat as the person who described this species. If so, Dr Croat
could you tell us where you found it and what's it native habitat
is.

Harry

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From: "Tom Croat" Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2006.10.30 at 17:48:40(14780)
Dear Harry:

The species is from Costa Rica, occurring near La Selva near the
town of Puerto Viejo.
It is a native to Tropical wet forest life zone.

Tom

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From: "Harry Witmore" harrywitmore at witmore.net> on 2006.11.01 at 16:40:50(14784)
Tom, I would assume this species is a terrestrial and not
really epiphytic but I also assume it can be an opportunistic
epiphyte.

Thanks so much for the information.

Harry

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From: "Tom Croat" Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2006.11.02 at 10:02:36(14786)
Harry: I don't know of any Syngonium which is not a
hemiepiphyte.

Tom

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From: "Harry Witmore" harrywitmore at witmore.net> on 2006.11.02 at 17:06:29(14787)
Thanks Tom, I guess I should know this. I have found that
some of the Syngonium hybrids will do well living in nothing but water. I also
think many other vining aroids will do this.

Harry

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From: RAYMOMATTLA at cs.com on 2006.11.03 at 17:56:35(14788)
Harry, I found Syngonium rayii growing at the bottom of one of my ponds in the Greenhouse. It sends long runners out and somehow they got into the pond and formed a little mat of plants under the water. Unfortunately, ive never been able to get it to grow up a wall/totem.
Michael
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From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2006.11.06 at 05:39:55(14793)
Dear Harry and Tom,

Syngonium auritum (at least the clones I have seen) are much more
common growing and flowering at the ground than climbing in any support. Tom
may have seen thousands of them in the field and probably I am reporting an
unusual behavior in cultivation (or a strong tolerance for the absence of
trees).

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From: "Tom Croat" Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2006.11.08 at 16:10:59(14794)
Dear Eduardo and Harry:

I must admit that I too have seen this mostly in cultivation where it does indeed crawl around on the ground and it does flower there. I just checked our wild collected specimens in the herbarium and though few in number all that had data said they were epiphytes. One was simply said to be a vine which would not rule it out as a vine on the ground.

Tom

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