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  Anthurium veitchii types
From: "Windy Aubrey" <exotics at hawaii.rr.com> on 2007.06.26 at 14:05:25(15876)

I was wondering about these two very different
types of A. veitchii that I have been growing for a while.
One form is the more typical one I had seen around
for years, with wide folds and pleats in the 3 ' long thick blade. The
other form has much tighter pleats, a much, much longer and thinner in
width and textured blade.
Also this different than normal form has a
spandex that turns pink. The more typical form's spadix turns

From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.06.26 at 16:40:39(15878)
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Subject : [Aroid-l] Anthurium veitchii types

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Dear Windy,

First off, thank you for sharing the great photos of your beautiful plants
with all of us on aroid-l, they are true treasures, all of them!

Now to my opinion, and it is only an opinion!
I think that you can atribute the differences in the two forms of your A.
veitchii to what I have begun calling ''collectors choice syndrome". This
occurs when a collector goes into the field, and finds a large population of
a certain beautiful plant. Human nature DEMANDS that he choose THE most
attractive (to her/him) specimens and bring them back to cultivation. The
'dogs' of this particular species he has located remain in the field, and so
only 'beautiful' plants of this species become established in cultivation!.
Another thing that happens is that in a widely distributed species, he/she
may come across populations located a great distance from each other, they
may be quite different superficailly to each other, such as your two forms
of A. veitchii, different, but both are beautiful examples of this species
and within the range of variation for that species. Recently I was shown a
'compact' form of a Philo. species, that particular grower/owner thought it
much more attractive to the more 'common' form. In time, a plant or animal
is selectivly bred until it really does not resemble its 'wild' form.

Off my soap box now!
I HOPE this helps!


From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2007.06.27 at 18:11:03(15882)
Dear Windy: They certainly are both
stunning and different I admit but taxonomically they are surely both A.
veitchii. I suspect that if we had all the variation that is exhibited in the
wild, rather than just these two forms we would see that they are less distinct
from one another.


From: "Windy Aubrey" <exotics at hawaii.rr.com> on 2007.06.28 at 14:56:18(15888)
Dear Julius and Tom,

Thank you both for your input and kind words.
I appreciated the feedback and will continue to call them both A.


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