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  Is this a Caladium? Something else?
From: "Elizabeth Campbell" <desinadora at mail2designer.com> on 2009.06.01 at 08:52:34(19387)

Hi group! Sorry to have been away for so long, but I've been off looking for that giant anthurium in the jungles. I was recently in Puyo, Pastaza, and a friend had this stunning aroid growing in her garden. She told me it was callled Corazon de Jesus, which traditionally would mean it's a Caladium, but I've never seen one quite like this before. The leaf was about 14" from sinus to tip, and about 12" across the widest part of the blade; there was a single, slightly hairy petiole with no geniculum, and that was it. The whole thing was about 24" tall at the highest point.

Any ideas on what this might be? She said she dug it out of the forest about 2 km from her house.


Beth, in Ecuador



From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2009.06.03 at 03:48:03(19395)
This seems to be the soon-to-be-published-in-Aroideana Caladium clavatum
Hett., Bogn. & J. Boos (in the trade unfortunately known as Cal. rubicundum,
which is a wrong name).


From: "Harry Luther" <hluther at selby.org> on 2009.06.03 at 07:23:35(19396)
Caladium bicolor var. rubricundum. HEL

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From: <pbunch at cox.net> on 2009.06.03 at 13:50:23(19398)

I see a lot of very similar plants here in Medellin. I also have seen similar plants growing in disturbed areas down near Remdios in the Department of Antioquia. There seems to be a fair amount of variation in leaf size. I don't know if it is genetic or the result of soil and moisture conditions. The markings vary a lot in size, number and color so there seems to be a genetic component.

Probably not much help but I also have noticed the same or a similar plant. I sure think Caladium when I see it.


From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2009.06.04 at 19:59:27(19402)

Julius, isn't this one very similarto the Caladium "Pigeon's Blood" you collected in Trinidad. It looksvery much like the specimen you gave me several years ago. If Harry'sinfo matches your specimen I'd like to tag my specimen properly.

Steve Lucas



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