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  A little orchid mystery that is truly an aroidmystery!
From: Steve at ExoticRainforest.com (ExoticRainforest) on 2007.08.23 at 15:25:50(16148)
MessageThanks Denis, I got a couple of responses indicating it was likely Anthurium gracile. I gave that possible ID to the grower and he came back and said a check of some specimen photos appeared to confirm the ID. If you believe it is A. vittarifolium I'll certainly give him that possibility as well. I grow A. vittarifolium and you're right, the spathe and infructescence does look like his photo.

As for the orchid itself, I received this today from Dave Horak at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. "I am sure that others have probably responded to the orchid/aroid
puzzle. I cannot speak to the identity of the Anthurium in the photo of
the UBC forum link, but the orchid in the photo is very likely a
Stanhopea species that has pendant inflorescences of large flowers-all
of which are wonderful. It could be a couple of other things but it
almost certainly is a Stanhopea sp."

Dave Horak
Curator of the Orchid Collection
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

One thing is for certain, when all you guys and gals pitch in, we all seem to learn a lot. At least I do!


Steve Lucas

From: Steve at ExoticRainforest.com (ExoticRainforest) on 2007.08.23 at 16:41:43(16150)
MessageDenis and all the others who've helped on this. The guy in Ecuador says this Anthurium does not have pendulous strap leaves. It does appear to be A. gracile.

Thanks for the input!

Steve Lucas

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