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  RE: [Aroid-l] G. de Montrichard
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.03.06 at 22:30:19(13909)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Monday, March 6, 2006 3:09 PM
To : "aroid-l"
Subject : [Aroid-l] G. de Montrichard

Dear MJ,

Guy de Montrichard lived in Trinidad, W. I., and was a friend of H. Cruger
(with an umlaut over the "u", and sometimes spelt w/ a "K")who was from
Germany, and was the then curator of the Botanical Gardens in Port of Spain,
Trinidad, W.I. Cruger described the genus in 1894 from material/specimens
collected by Guy de Montrichard, I believe in E. Trinidad. The friends had
dreams of this giant swamp 'weed' being a source of raw material/fiber for
the commercial manufacture of paper, and several samples were collected and
(I believe) shipped to and tested in the U.K. I believe the tests were not
sucessful as a paper source. There are many 'Montrichards' still living in
Trinidad, I photographed a gasoline/propane depot bearing the family name
the last time I visited.
Do you have Montrichardia (two species) in cultivation??
I hope this helps.

Good Growing,


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