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  Alocasia Amazonica, the Banta's reply re Andre
From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2009.11.17 at 05:56:51(20313)
Well folks, people are lining up on this issue but most are doingso privately not through Aroid l. Some believe the plant definitelycame from Belgium while another not quoted here appears to believethere is no way it came from Miami. The first note came today fromJohn Banta and the second from Belgium.

It strongly appears there may be a difference in the plant credited to André nowknown on the National Botanic Garden of Belgium site as Alocasia xamazonica and the plant commonly sold as Alocasia Amazonica in theUnited States. The first question that comes to mind would be whywould anyone in Europe name a plant known to be from Asia using thename "amazonica"?

Did someone simply adopt the name "amazonica" once the plant sold inthe U.S. as a tissue culture became popular?

Is this nothing more than a disagreement over a popular name and whocame up with a plant similar to the one being sold first? If so, theoriginal plant would appear to need to have been born of the sameparentage in order to claim that title.

I was given a contact name at National Botanic Garden ofBelgiumbut have not received a response. Obviously I'm not going to resolvethis but still would like to understand all this better. Iam just in this to learn and not take a position.

If any of our esteemed botanists can offer more insight please let ushear from you.

Steve

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From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2009.11.17 at 13:20:58(20319)
Below is a very important note I received today from Australianbotanist Alistair Hay as well as my response. I'm satisfied with whatI've learned and believe a clear distinction should be made as to theorigination of the plant we know as Alocasia Amazonica but I doubt I'llbe changing a lot of minds in the world of horticulture even thoughAlistair is one of the very best minds in the field of Alocasiaspecies in the world.

It is just my opinion but I know others agree. André'smortefontanensis should be known as Alocasia x mortefontanensis with aclear distinction made between it and Salvadore Mauro'splant bred at his Amazon Nursery in Miami known as both AlocasisAmazonica and Alocasia x amazonica.

Steve

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