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  Re: [Aroid-l] Intrageneric crossing?
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.01.21 at 13:28:17(13753)
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Sent : Saturday, January 21, 2006 8:53 AM
To : Discussion of aroids
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Intrageneric crossing?

Hello Eugene,

I don`t remember the claims that you mention, but the world is FULL of
shysters who really believe that there is a fool whose money just NEEDS to
be taken every minute or so. Some claims may be based on misinformation on
the true identification of a certain plant, for example I heard that there
was a claim out of Indonesia of a Xanthosoma X Caladium cross, this COULD
be, as the 'lines' between these closely related genera are sometimes
blurred ( as they presently seem to be between Alocasia and Colocasia), and
even the experts make mistakes w/ these groups. As an example of this, on
pg. 208 of 'The Genera of Araceae" on the Caladium page of illustrations,
'A' and 'C' are said to be Caladium aristeguietae, this plant was ORIGINALLY
described as a species of Caladium, but had been reassigned to Xanthosoma
(based on a closer examination of the pollen) BEFORE this book was
published, but there it is, before God and man, identified as a species of
Caladium. So--- if someone used this species in a cross with say
Xanthosoma acutum, they would probably succeed ( I have seen a MAGNIFICENTLY
beautiful cross of Xanthosoma heribolifolium and Xanthosoma acutum done by a
friend in W. Florida!), and another story of an intergeneric cross would be
spawned.
By the way, I have a jackalope baby here (Jack 'rabbit' X antelope), you
should see how BIG he is, and size of the horns on that little sucker, and
see him hop! Any offers???

Good Growing all,

Julius

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