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  [Aroid-l] Unknown Philo from hawaii
From: "Steve Lucas Exotic Rainforest" steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2006.08.22 at 15:55:26(14541)
I received cuttings of an unusual philo from a plant
collecting friend in Hawaii. She found this plant near the east coast of
Oahu and had never seen the plant before. I planted my cuttings in May,
2006 and they have grown quickly. I now have 10 leaves, the
largest of which is now 7 1/2 inches (19cm) and the plant has climbed over 2
feet (64cm). New leaves appear weekly. The underside of each leaf is
a pale burgundy and the face of the leaf has a velvet texture. Each leaf
opens from a "sheath" (for lack of a proper term) and the "sheath" curls up and
remains after the leaf blade opens. This is one of the fastest growing
vines I have in the atrium. When the collector sent it she said
it was growing in full sun so I have placed it in the brightest portion of my
atrium. I was recently informed the county bulldozed the
area where these were growing and no trace is left of the plant. Photos
are attached. If these photos help anyone recognize
the plant I'd love to know.

Steve Lucas

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