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From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2003.03.17 at 11:27:58(10051)|
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
Just an important note. Brazilian brand new laws concerning diversity|
turns any intention of bringing home plants into a potential nightmare. It
is prohibited to take plants out of the country without appropriate
authorizations, that can take months or even years to be obtained. Most
plant dealers are not exactly happy with this law, but "dura lex, sed lex".
Smuggled plants, if found, can put any foreign person in an embarassing
trouble, including TV appearance and all that stuff... If you are in Manaus,
the probability of having serious problems is even doubled up. I have no
sympathy for this biodiversity taliban, even because most of our diversity
is already growing in Europe or USA since the late 1700?s. Anyhow, I can
only try to use the democracy to fight against its excesses. As an aroid
man, all I can do is warn people and avoid unespected troubles. I am usually
known for throwing sand in other people?s camp-fire when the subject is
visiting Brazil to get plants. However, I would hate if I could plan a trip
to get plants in another country, waste a lot of money to travel and obtain
plants and, after all, to be arrested at the airport, with my picture in the
Newspapers saying "Biopirata!" (Portuguese word for biopirate). It is a
silly paranoia, but it has spreaded like a disease in whole country. In the
meanwhile, we?re burning everything!!!
Very best wishes,
Subject: Re: [aroid-l]
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2003 19:37:24 +0200
I am going to Brasil for about 2 weeks and make stops in
Rio, Manaus, Salvador, Iguassu and Sao Paulo.
What are must see Botanical Gardens and nurseries that
specialise in Anthuriums,Philodenrons, Palms and maybe other interesting
plants in these stop over places.
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