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  2009 IAS Show Best in Show plant......Philodendron
From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2009.09.26 at 19:07:05(20076)

Those of you that often read byrantings on this or other forums must know by now I prefer true Philodendronspecies over hybrids varieties. This one breaks my rule!

This is LariAnn Garner's Philodendron 'Maharalika' which is a secondgeneration (F2) hybrid between P. bipinnatifidum x P.stenolobum. I found this to be one of the most stunning plants inthe entire IAS show in Miami and there were many phenomenal plants ondisplay.

You can't tell from the photo but this is a very large leaf blade! Myguess would be four feet since I didn't have a tape to measure the leaf.

As one of the IAS members asked to judge the show I wanted to stealthis one! I'd display this plant in my personal collection in aheartbeat and I own very few hybrids.

Congratulations LariAnn. This is an incredible work of love! Very wellgrown.

If you missed the 2009 show please begin to make your plans to attendnext September. You'll come home with plants you never knew existed! But sorry, I don't think this one is for sale just yet.

Steve

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From: STARSELL at aol.com on 2009.09.27 at 10:45:23(20082)
Dear Steve, LariAnn, and All,

Steve I second your admirations for this remarkably

beautiful plant!

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From: Sheldon Hatheway <sfhatheway at yahoo.com> on 2009.09.28 at 22:17:37(20087)
I third your admiration for this absolutely GORGEOUS philodendron. Congratulations, LariAnn!!!!

Now for the question everyone wants to ask . . . when is it going to be available on the market so we can all drool on the actual plant instead of our keyboards?? Not too many years, I hope.

Sheldon Hatheway

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