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From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2003.03.17 at 11:27:58(10051)
Dear Peter,

I hope you have a great time in Brazil, one of the main aroid countries
in the world. We have 30 genera growing here and a few of them are endemic
such as: Gearum, Zomicarpa, Dracontioides, Asterostigma (as recircunscribed)
and Bognera (as yet). Other genera also occur in other countries but has
most of the diversity occurring here, as: Taccarum, Alloschemone,
Philodendron subg. Meconostigma, Anthurium sect. Urospadix, etc.
In Manaus, make a stop at INPA. They have small collection of
interesting aroids around the buildings of the Research Labs. I can?t
remember any good site in Salvador, but if you are going to Rio, don?t miss
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and the Burle-Marx collection, that is not
so far from there. Burle-Marx collection worths itself the trip. I don?t
remember nothing special in Sao Paulo, but if you have some time, try to
visit the Instituto Plantarum, in Nova Odessa (more or less 100km from Sao
Paulo, near Campinas). It is not opened to the public, but you probably can
book a visit (www.plantarum.com.br). You can also see the plants in the
field. They are everywhere. If you want a specialized guide, contact Mauro
Peixoto (http://sites.uol.com.br/mpeixoto/) and he can take you to many
interesting places.

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