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From: stevenh at sirius.com (Steve H) on 1997.01.19 at 20:20:04(183)
To all those on aroid-l,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Steve Hall and I classify
myself as a beginner when it comes to growing aroids. Though I am not new
to aroid-l, this is the first time I have posted. I must confess that for
the past two years I have been one of those "interested lurkers" on
aroid-l. I originally joined the list serv so that I could track down
information and a source for a plant called a "voodoo lily" which I used to
grow when I lived in Chicago eight years ago. I now live in San Francisco.
Well, much to my surprise not only did I find what I needed but I became
fascinated by reading the posts on aroid-l. The more I read, the more I
wanted to know. I feel that I can not be a lurker anymore and would like
to, so to speak, "come out" to you all.

This may sound really bizarre but I think I have slowly developed into an
aroid fanatic. I have tracked down a copy of Deni Brown's book and leave it
on my night stand as if it were a Bible left by the Gideons. Happily, I now
know what a spadix, spathe, and inflorescence are and have learned a
substantial amount about amorphophallus which are my favorite aroids of the
moment. I purchased an amorphophallus rivieri konjac, amorphophallus
bulbifer and sauromatum guttatum from Plant Delights Nursery and grew them
last year. I can't wait for them to break dormancy this year. However, in
the past two weeks I have developed a strong desire to learn more about
arisaema since I recently received my copy of Opendoors with all the
luscious pictures! Sadly, I do not read Japanese but I am going to look
into trying to atleast get the figure captions translated. If my endeavor
is successful I will share the translations with anyone who desires.

I would like to thank everyone on the list serv who has posted in the last
two years. I have learned so much! In particular I would like to thank Sean
O'Hara, Steve Marak, and Krzysztof Kozminski for giving me seeds and tubers
in the past.

Steve gave me Dracunculus vulgaris seeds which I tried to germinate. Sadly,
I was only able to get one of them to grow. After the foliage died, I dug
up the plant to find that a small pea sized tuber had formed. I was giddy!
Even more so, when last week I noticed that the pea sized tuber started to
come out of dormancy!

Sean O'Hara was kind enough to give me one of his extra Dracunculus
vulgaris tubers. The story of how I received it is quite interesting. Even
though Sean only lives across SF bay from me, because our schedules were so
hectic last year it took us about 2 months to coordinate a day when I could
come over to Oakland and pick up the tuber. We ended up meeting
clandestinely one rainy evening in an underground subway station where Sean
handed off the tuber in a shopping bag. After a few moments of friendly
chat the tuber and I boarded a train bound for the city and we were wisked
back across the bay in the shadow of darkness. I'm happy to report that the
tuber broke dormacy last week and it seems to have generated a small family
of babies as well.

I plan to keep learning as much as I can about growing these fascinating
plants and again thank you all for allowing me to discover them. Hopefully,
in the future I can contribute something intelligent to the list serv but
for now I hope that you all will tolerate, from time to time, what may seem
some very basic questions from me.

Steve Hall

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From: Dr H B Joshi <hjoshi at bom6.vsnl.net.in> on 1999.04.01 at 06:43:01(3216)
Hello,

I am a Hemant Joshi from India,I come from Maharashtra State and live in
Nasik.Our city Nasik is Nicknamed "california of India" as we grow lot
of table grapes & export some to UK & Amsterdam.

We have a Nursery with whole-sale & retail business,I have a special
liking for Aroids,and my favorites are
Alocasias,Philodendrons,Anthuriums,Caladiums.
We have a Philodendron Selloum plant in ground which is 25 yrs old.Every
year we use to wait for the seeds to set on its own...hahah.then this
year,I got the information on the Internet,and followed the instructions
of pollination,and BINGO..it worked I succeeded in pollinating & setting
the seeds two times in a succession.I owe a lot to this Internet site
which is Specially dedicated to Ariods.I am interested in collecting
exotic,var.of Philodendrons,Alocasias,I have in my Collections Alocasia
(Amazonica,frydek,Cuphea var.)In India Amazonica Var.is still a
favorite.

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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1999.04.07 at 06:12:03(3243)
>>Hello,

I am a Hemant Joshi from India,I come from Maharashtra State and live in
Nasik.Our city Nasik is Nicknamed "california of India" as we grow lot
of table grapes & export some to UK & Amsterdam.

We have a Nursery with whole-sale & retail business,I have a special
liking for Aroids,and my favorites are
Alocasias,Philodendrons,Anthuriums,Caladiums.
We have a Philodendron Selloum plant in ground which is 25 yrs old.Every
year we use to wait for the seeds to set on its own...hahah.then this
year,I got the information on the Internet,and followed the instructions
of pollination,and BINGO..it worked I succeeded in pollinating & setting
the seeds two times in a succession.I owe a lot to this Internet site
which is Specially dedicated to Ariods.I am interested in collecting
exotic,var.of Philodendrons,Alocasias,I have in my Collections Alocasia
(Amazonica,frydek,Cuphea var.)In India Amazonica Var.is still a
favorite.

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From: "Chanrit Sinhabaedya" siamanthus at hotmail.com> on 2003.01.08 at 03:36:07(9772)
Dear Aroiders,

As a new member to IAS after joined to aroid-L for a few months. I'd like to
take this opportunity to introduce myself.

My name is Chanrit Sinhabeadya and I live in Bangkok, Thailand. I have a
wide interested in plants such as aroids, gingers, ferns, epiphytic plants
or other things that look nice to me. I've been collecting native plants
around here in Thailand for a few years since I was 18 years old. Formerly
I'm interested in plants only horticultural but later, also for taxonomic
study. However as I'm studying undergraduated programme in Economics (which
is quite far from both horticulture and taxonomy), so my knowledge of plants
is fairly limited.

For aroids, I'm interested in almost all genera especially local Thai and SE
Asian species, from tuberous one as Amorphophallus and Typhonium to climbing
one like Rhaphidophora or aquatic one like Cyrtosperma, Aglaodorum, also
tiny Cryptocoryne as well.

By the way, as my english is quite poor, sometimes I don't know how to write
properly. So in the future if anyone of you here feel impolite with my
english when I post messages to the list, I have to apologise indeed.

here is a link to a thai webboard that I've just posted some of my Alocasia
pictures on it.
http://www3.pantip.com/cafe/jatujak/topic/J1981369/J1981369.html

:)
Chanrit Sinhabaedya

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From: Tom Croat Thomas.Croat at mobot.org> on 2003.01.08 at 11:40:33(9774)
Dear Chanrit:
I would say your English is quite good and certainly your plants are
wonderful. I have a brother who operates a manufacturing plant in Thailand
and he is always trying to get me to come visit. If ever I do I will look
you up.

Tom

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2003.01.08 at 16:26:06(9778)
Dear Chandrit,

Welcome! You sound like you have a nice plant collection, and I look
forward to hearing more from you, and I am sure that others on this list
will also be most interested in your stories/information!
Your English is just fine, there will be NO problems, it is much better
than any Thai spoken/written by most on this list!

Good Growing,

Julius Boos,
WPB,
Florida.

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2003.01.08 at 16:26:19(9779)
Dear Chandrit,

Welcome! You sound like you have a nice plant collection, and I look
forward to hearing more from you, and I am sure that others on this list
will also be most interested in your stories/information!
Your English is just fine, there will be NO problems, it is much better
than any Thai spoken/written by most on this list!

Good Growing,

Julius Boos,
WPB,
Florida.

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From: Harry Witmore harrywitmore at witmore.net> on 2003.01.08 at 16:33:48(9780)
Those are great pictures. I do have one comment/question. Granted, I'm not
knowledgeable at all about Alocasias but I have a few. You have one listed
As Alocasia sinuate. I also have what I received as Alocasia sinuata but
they look nothing alike. Here's a link to what I call sinuata

http://www.cloudjungle.com/detail.asp?plantIDw

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From: Mattlagem at aol.com on 2003.01.08 at 17:20:55(9783)
Chantrit, welcome. I hope you find these discussions as interesting as I do.
It is good to hear from people in countries other than the U.S., especially
those in the tropics. At least this is true for me and those of us growing
tropical aroids.
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From: "Chanrit Sinhabaedya" siamanthus at hotmail.com> on 2003.01.10 at 02:00:15(9803)
Thank you everybody,
- Harry, The Alocasia sinuata listed on my link is the one which match to
the description in 'The Genus Alocasia (Araceae-Colocasieae) in the
philippines'by Dr. Alistair Hay, Gard. Bull. Singapore 51 (1999). The one,
you have is looks totally different, and I don't know what it is. It looks
closely alike to Alocasia x portidora to me, but I'm not sure.
- Dr. Tom Croat, If you come here to Thailand please let me know, you are
welcome to my place.

:)
Chanrit Sinhabaedya

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From: "Dany Hervelle" bs246466 at skynet.be> on 2003.01.11 at 13:46:33(9815)
Hello Chanrit and list

In his last revision of alocasia from philippines ,Dr Hay is describing the
commercialy know species of alocasia as 'alocasia quited dream' and his
clone(like alocasia bullata,alocasia hawaii) ,is alocasia sinuata.The
species communly know as a sinuata is a different plant,probably of hybrid
origin(i know 2 form of this one,the all green leaves one and the bronze red
one.The plant is different as a portodora (or potidora),but have some
caracteristic of this last,like he seem have of a pseudosanderiana)but is
not a so massive plant.;
Best regards to all

Dany

From: Emily.Yates at mobot.org on 2004.04.19 at 12:15:17(11417)
Hi aroid-L subscribers...

I just wanted to introduce myself. I am a relatively new subscriber to
Aroid-L, and a new face beginning in aroid research. My name is Emily Yates
and my interest in plant taxonomy, ecology and biogeography in general, and
Araceae, in particular, stems from my new position as Tom Croat's research
assistant at Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, MO. I am originally
from southern Illinois, and received my B.S. in biology from Drake
University in Des Moines, Iowa, and my M.S. in geography from SIU
Carbondale, IL, where I studied recruitment of non-native invasive plants
into fragmented forests in southern Illinois. I continue to be very
interested in invasive plants, especially invasive aroids, as well as
biogeography, fieldwork, travel, and plant collecting, all of which I hope
to submerse myself in here at Missouri Botanical Garden. I enjoy being
given the chance to be part of such a community of people interested this
fascinating group of plants, to work with Tom to bring to completion many
aroid research projects, and to initiate others on my own. I am looking
forward to interacting with all of you at some point and hope to contribute
to the discussion of Araceae on Aroid-L and to provide assistance to you
from our wealth of resources here at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Emily Yates

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From: "Tropicals" <Tropicals at SolutionsAnalysis.net> on 2004.04.19 at 12:30:23(11418)
Welcome to the group Emily. We, too, look forward to the wealth of
information and education you will be sharing with us. Your credentials
certainly make you an asset to the Missouri Botanical Garden as well as to
the Aroid-l membership.

Christian Perkins

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From: Aroideae at aol.com on 2004.04.19 at 14:13:05(11419)
hi emily,
it's great to have you on board!! i've heard nothing but good things
about you from tom and others and i'm sure you'll contribute a lot to the L
discussions, like tom's other assitants who've always been glad to help out and
add info that's not accessible to most of us.

lynn

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From: Cyndikrall at aol.com (Cyndikrall at aol.com) on 2007.12.31 at 15:26:25(16872)
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to say a quick hello and introduction. I joined up a couple
weeks back. I am pleasantly surprised to see many familiar faces/names on this
list.

I've been growing Philodendrons, Monsteras, and some other misc. aroids for
a long time, but am fairly new to most other aroids. I've got a couple of
Sauromatums and Amorph. konjac, and have developed an interest in learning more
about Amorphophallus. I plan on getting a few more this year.

I grow a large number of other plants too-succulents, cacti, orchids,
epiphyllums, carnivorous plants, Worsleya procera, and I'm sure others I can't
remember at the moment. I live in northern California near Sacramento.

Looking forward to learning a lot from all of you. :-)

Cyndi

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From: Ghazanfar Ghori <ghorig at gmail.com> on 2009.09.18 at 20:42:52(20043)
I just joined the IAS last week and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Ghazanfar Ghori, I live in the DC Metro area. My area of interest is in aquatic aroids - specifically species from the genus Cryptocoryne. I've been growing Cryptocoryne for over a decade as aquarium plants. About 3 years ago, I started to grow the ones that are a little more demanding and harder to come by and am enjoying it immensely! Anyone looking for a challenge? Enjoy collecting rare plants? Try growing these aroids!

I also maintain my blog, trying to provide as much information as I can to help others grow these plants successfully.

You can visit it at http://kryptokoryne.aquaticscape.com

I hope to learn from all of you!

Thanks

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