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  Anthurium on Aroideana
From: "ExoticRainforest" <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2007.07.05 at 08:41:58(15941)
Several of us are attempting to research an unusual
Anthurium sp. That aroid appeared on the cover of the 1989 issue
of Aroideana, Volume 12, 1-4. (see attached) It is a most
unusual Anthurium sp. That photo was taken by renowned collector
Dorothy Henkle (now deceased). Little has been written (that I can find)
regarding this plant other than this quote on the inside of the issue:
"Anthurium species (section Cardiolonchium)
collected by Dorothy Henkle 1981 in central Colombia at 6,000 feet. Leaf
is six feet one inch long and almost dwarfs Jack Henkle. Grown by Dorothy
Henkle. Photo by Dorothy Henkle." Little else is known
about the Henkle specimen and no one appears to know what happened to the
rare plant, which may be an species unknown to science, after
Dorothy's death.

As a member of section Cardiolonchium, the surface of
the plant would be velvety in appearance. Noted members of that section
include A. crystallinum Linden & André, A.
magnificum Linden, A.
regale Linden and A. warocqueanum
J. Moore. It is somewhat similar to specimens of
Anthurium angamarcanum Sodiro and Anthurium
marmoratum Sodiro. Dr.
Croat has indicated to those of us researching this plant those species are
likely one and the same. However, Dr. Ron Kaufmann has found an odd
species in northern Ecuador which strongly resembles the Henkle plant. He
is currently calling it Anthurium marmoratum but appears to believe it
is a new species. (Correct me if I'm wrong Ron). No one is
certain if it is the same, or simply resembles her plant.

Dorothy moved to Hawaii and collectors there have acquired
many of her specimens. I'm in hopes someone there still has this specimen
and can help us with additional photos.

If you ever saw this specimen in person and have photos, we'd
love to hear from you as well!

If you were privileged to have seen this plant and have photos
or information you are willing to share, I'd love to hear from you. If you
have any information at all about this specimen, I'd love to hear from
you. If you know where the plant now resides, I'd really love to hear from

We're especially interested in photos showing the vein
structure, and spathe and spadix the plant may have produced, and any
measurements you may have taken. Obviously, this one grows much larger
than similar species. And don't worry, I'm not going to try to buy your
plant if you have Dorothy's plant! I won't even tell where it
resides if you don't want that information made public. I just want to
learn more about the species. We have some theories regarding the
specimen but need more information to pursue learning if they are even remotely


Steve Lucas

From: "ExoticRainforest" <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2007.07.05 at 10:20:48(15942)
I received this response today in regard to my post for
information on the rare anthurium on the cover of the 1989 Aroideana. At
least we now have a place to begin looking!

Steve Lucas

From: Brian Williams <pugturd at alltel.net> on 2007.07.05 at 14:08:46(15945)
Ahh this is a beautiful Anthurium. I remember lusting after it years
ago. I tracked it down that Dorothy donated the plant to a botanical
garden in California possibly the huntington botanical garden and that
it soon died in their care. The track just ended their I am not sure if
she gave pieces to anyone or if she kept any for herself. It was thought
it could be mormoratum or costatum. I have never seen either this large

From: "ExoticRainforest" <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2007.07.05 at 17:24:56(15948)
Thanks Brian. Did you ever hear why they may have lost
the specimen? As Jay said in his note, the group appears to not be well
defined and identified. Ecuagenera has quite a few different plants on
their website identified as one or the other of these species. That is
partially why I am curious about learning more about the A.
angamarcanum/marmoratum complex. Dr. Croat has indicated to
several of us he feels they are the same. However, Ron Kaufmann has reason
to believe at least one of his specimens is quite different. Either there
are a bunch of variations within the species or a bunch of unidentified

Steve Lucas

From: "Tom Croat" <Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2007.07.05 at 17:33:58(15949)
Dear Brian;

I diagree that your second plant represents Anthurium costatum.
That species occurs only in the Cordillera de la Costa in Venezuela.
See my illustration (Fig. 34 in Croat & Lamber, 1986-Aroideana 9: 23.
1986. Where is your plant from? Where is you collection that you called
A. marmoratum from?


From: Geoffrey Kibby <fieldmycol at yahoo.co.uk> on 2007.07.06 at 00:12:48(15950)
Hi all,

Attached is a photograph I took a few years ago of a plant labelled
A. marmoratum in a botanical gardens in Stockholm, Sweden, it was an
astoundingly beautiful plant and the leaves from memory were about 3
feet long. It was in flower as can be seen at the left. I always
thought it was the equal if not even better than A. waroqueanum.

Geoffrey Kibby

From: "ExoticRainforest" <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2007.07.06 at 09:38:52(15954)
Right on! This may be a form of, or closely related to,
Dorothy's unusual Anthurium. If you check the Ecuagenera website you'll
find photos of several that are very similar. As I understand notes from
Dr. Croat, these are either variations of Anthurium marmoratum Sodiro
which may well be the same as Anthurium angamarcanum
Sodiro. Hopefully Tom will enlighten us more on this. In the
meantime, Tom and Ron Kaufmann will soon have a discussion regarding the
specimen Ron is currently growing in an attempt to determine if his is a
unique species.

Thanks for the photo!

Steve Lucas

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