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  RE: [Aroid-l] Unknown Philo from hawaii
From: Hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2006.08.26 at 04:34:39(14562)
depends on if you are really talking about elements of Philodendron
hederaceum or if you have something else. P. micans and P. miduhoi
are certainly synonyms. There are vaguely recognizable subspecies
which I treated but you would scarcely notice the differences.
Alternatively you must remember that you may be seeing only two or three
varients of something that is infinitely variable throughout its
range. Collect a plant from Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Brazil
and take them back to Florida and you might be able to distinquish each
of them indefinitely but remember that if you collected from all the
populations throughout the range of the species you would be hard pressed
to find any way place where you could draw the line between one
population and the next. That is the nature of evolution and also
the nature of horticultural elements that you are looking at only small
bits of a spectrum. Now, of course it is also possible that you
really are dealing with misdetermined plants.

(raises hand) could I quote you on this subject? I have been trying to
say this for years, but since i am not a pro, and also not that
good at grunting out a coherent paragraph sometimes, I have never been
able to express this in perfectly understandable english.

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