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  Philos for the IAS auction
From: <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2008.08.29 at 14:33:56(18448)
Dear Friends,
> Loretta, the wife of the late Jim Enck, has very kindly donated the following plants for the IAS auction, and the proceeds from their sale are to be donated to the IAS in Jim`s memory.
> The first is a mid-sized plant of P. "Marijke", a hybrid Meconostigma with P. goeldii as the seed parent and P. solimoesense as the pollen parent. This hybrid just ''happened'' naturally in the ''garden'' of Joep Moonen in Fr. Guyana (their home and garden is actually within the jungle of Fr. Guyana!), the parent plants were growing close to each other, and Mother nature and wild Scarab beetles did the rest. Joep named it informally after his wonderful wife Marijke (Ma-re-ka).
> The second is a nice plant of P. "joepii'' with leaf blades about 14" long, these will grow to over 3'- 4' in length, and it will become a really spectacular plant when grown in a basket. It is known from only two plants in the wild, and Joep makes cuttings as the wild plant regenerates enough to permit him taking them. At this time it is not known for certain if this is a ''good'' species or a naturally occuring wild hybrid. Our Dr. Tom Croat is still working on this puzzle.
> The third is a WONDERFUL plant of P. billietiae grown from a wild-collected cutting taken by Joep from what I like to refer to as his ''secret garden'', and area of depauperate soil where several plants of this species grow, each plant attached to the bases of some stunted trees. Only some of these clones, which grow true to form, have a beautiful orange-colored cast to the petioles, and seemingly extra slim, elongated leaf blades. Joep takes only a very few cuttings from these slow-growing plants each year. Fairchild has an adult-sized plant of this which usually is in spectacular condition (and size!) which you can see before the show and the bidding starts.
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