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  Found the Giant Belolonchium in the Wild!
From: "Elizabeth Campbell" <desinadora at mail2designer.com> on 2009.08.07 at 06:43:10(19657)
Hi folks! A while back you may recall that we were discussing a giant-leaf Anthurium from Sec. Belolonchum from the Quito Botanical Gardens, which Dr. Croat identified as a new species. I was told to go out and find it in the wild. Well, after nearly a year of searching pretty much all of Ecuador, it was right under my nose on the other side of Rucu Pichincha! I've found seriously giant plants, about 15' tall with the trunks, growing on the margins of the Rio Nambillo. This plant produced leaves nearly 7' long by my estimate, and had a number of immature inflorescences on it. I was visiting friends and since I didn't expect anything exciting I didn't have my camera with me - so no new photos of the plants as yet. I'm returning to take a type specimen later this year, when some of the inflorescences will be ripe - this way I can also collect seed.

My previous photos of this giant NOID are at
http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/hh196/HabloPorArboles/Unknown%20Anthurium/

Woohoo!

Beth

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From: Susan B <honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2009.08.08 at 04:36:37(19663)
Whoo hoo is right! Congratulations!

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From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2009.08.08 at 05:26:08(19664)
Beth, since you and I have traded alot of mail about this beautiful plant over the last year I am veryexcited you found it! Congrats!!!

Please post all the photos you can once you get them! And for any thatdidn't click on Beth's link do so! The inflorescence and blades arewildly beautiful!

http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/hh196/HabloPorArboles/Unknown%20Anthurium/

Steve Lucas

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From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2009.08.08 at 13:17:47(19666)
Hello,

In the ID Center, there are photos of almost identical plant.

Its owner needs confirmation if it is A. giganteum.

http://www.wschowa.com/abrimaal/araceum/unid/anthskip.htm

Marek

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From: <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2009.08.09 at 09:37:43(19669)
Dear Elizabeth,

Congrats!

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From: "Elizabeth Campbell" <desinadora at mail2designer.com> on 2009.08.10 at 10:19:23(19684)
Marek -

I don't think it's the same plant - the inflorescences on mine are borne on really long petioles and with striped spathes, and on that one they appear to be coming directly out of the stem and have plain spathes. Equally, the leaf is not as ornate and the venation is less distinct on that plant than on my big NOIDs. The cataphylls are somehow different as well.

Tom's knee-jerk reaction to the first photos I sent him was actually A. giganteum, but then once I got the second round of photographs it didn't key out, and he confirmed it as a NOID when he was down here last year.

Beth

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