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  Letter from Leland Miyano
From: "Steve Lucas Exotic Rainforest" <steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2007.03.03 at 15:36:17(15382)
I received this letter addressed to Julius from Leland Miyano
in Hawaii. I scanned the letter in order to send it to the group.
Leland worked directly with Roberto Burle Marx in Brazil. He has asked me
to send it to Aroid l. Leland is not a big fan of computers. If you
choose to respond, please do so directly to Aroid l as Leland is a
subscriber.

Thanks!

Steve Lucas

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From: Brian Williams <pugturd at alltel.net> on 2007.03.04 at 10:48:45(15386)
I personally love the idea of getting these rare philodendrons into
other peoples hands and in the process helping protect them in the wild.
I know many people like to leave nature completely alone but in this day
it seems that it maybe near impossible. Plants like this can easily be
lost if not protected or spread out among collectors and botanical gardens.

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.03.06 at 20:19:39(15394)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Saturday, March 3, 2007 11:36 PM
To : "Discussion of aroids"
Subject : [Aroid-l] Letter from Leland Miyano

Attachment : Leland.gif (0.44 MB)

Dear Leyland, Steve, and IAS members,

First off, the attachment came into my computer as a smaller than usual
attachment, so I had problems reading the too-small text, and with my
computer 'ignorance' I was unable to enlarge it. Hopefully others were not
as unlucky?
I support Leyland`s well-intentioned sentiments fully. The ball will be
in the Brazilian`s court, as the laws in Brazil have to date almost shut
down any foreign involvement in any joint scientific effort involving any
non-Brazilian, and last I heard prohibits the transport of ANY plant
material out of Brazil, be it dried herbarium specimens, cuttings or even
seeds. I do not know if a permit of any kind can be obtained, perhaps we
can enquire if this is even possible.
This situation certainly does NOT encourage any non-Brazilian to spend funds
collecting or working in Brazil on any type of project, even in coperation
with a Brazilian student, scientiest or group! This is regretable, and we
can only HOPE that in time (hopefully sooner than later) that this situation
may be changed by the efforts of the Brazilian aroid community who, I am led
to believe, are working toward that end.
Perhaps Eduardo can keep us up to date on any changes that might be on track
towards this goal.
To keep the folks who are interested in efforts being made to propagate this
wonderful, rare species, last year three of the cultivated plants bloomed in
the S. Florida area, one of the experienced growers held all three in an
attempt to collect pollen and hand-pollinate at least one bloom and produce
seed, but no pollen was observed on any of the several blooms produced.
This may be an indication that the conditions or temperatures in S. Miami
may not be good enough or near enough to whatever the optimal temperatures
might be in the plants native habitat. Once more our plans to increase the
numbers of these plants were thwarted. We can only keep trying!

The best to all,

Julius

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