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From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1997.01.16 at 16:57:53(146)
I'm going to be obnoxious and ask a non-aroid question here. I apologize
but am going to be asking everywhere till I track down the info.

While I was in Miami last week, I went to a nursery. There, I found a
plant that I hadn't seen before. I bought 3 rooted cuttings of it. The
owner called it a Mandanella.

No, it's not a Mandevilla. I have several of those, know they used to be
called Dipladenia and recognize them a mile away.

I dragged out my copy of the Exotica to try to describe the plant. This is
tougher than I thought.

It has smooth edged (entire) elliptic shaped leaves that are arranged in an
opposite pattern. The leaves are thick, have pinnate venation (although
you can't see the sub-branches as shown in the Exotica). The leaf
attachment is halfway between stalked and sessile though closer to sessile.

The flowers are in my memory only and I haven't seen it for 5 days. What I
recall, though, reminded me of some bromeliad flowers I've seen. I looked
through the exotica, can't find the exact one it reminded me of, but the
closest I can come is Aechmea gracilis. The mass of flowers was perhaps
4-5 inches long and 1 inch wide. They looked like pink match heads with
blue tips. (...or was it blue matchheads with pink tips? No, I think the

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