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  Re: [Aroid-l] Please help me with Arum IDs
From: "Peter Boyce" peterboyce at myjaring.net> on 2005.08.25 at 07:10:11(13316)
Hi Paige

Glad that I was able to be of help.

To tackle your points one-by-on:

dioscorides: The main problem is that in cultivation what folks
are calling, e.g., cyprium, mostly do NOT match the original A.
cyprium (which has a yellow-green spathe with discrete very deep purple
spots and no spathe staining/flushing) and thus there is a double problem with
scientific names are being misused as cultivar tags AND are being misapplied!The
neatest answer with A. disocorides will be to recognize cultivars for
the more distinct & stable colour expressions.

elongatum: when I looked yesterday there were no images of
true elongatum on your web - the images under nigrum
were nigrum. The crucilal elongatum character is that the
spadix appendix reaches to the tip of the spathe.

orientale: Most on-line images are NOT orientale. Some are
besserianum, some are gratum, a few are maculatum,
one or two are cylindraceum (the new name for alpinum),
yet others are italicum...

I get about a dozen identification requests a week by email and about the
same a month by letter. I LOVE doing ids. Keep 'em coming!

Very best wishes


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