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  Re: [Aroid-l] "minature" M. deliciosa??
From: "Peter Boyce" <botanist at malesiana.com> on 2007.02.05 at 22:15:23(15228)
Dear Julius and All

In the 90s while working on Rhaphidophora
I investigated the so-called miniature form of M. deliciosa in
cultivation in Europe (and as named in Birdsey's Cultivated Aroids as 'Dwarf
Ceriman') and these plants were without exception Rhaphidophora
tetrasperma from Peninsular Malaysia and southern Thailand.

At the time Josef had a large one flowering in
Munich and it was from here that I obtained inflorescences to confirm the
generic Id. Material from this clone was later used by one of my students Tam
Shey May for molecular work on the Monstereae and embedded in the
Rhaphidophora clade as sister to R. nicolsonii from Pen.
Malaysia while M. deliciosa (one of she outgroups) remained clustered
with Stenopsermation and a Rhodospatha. Thus morphologically
(ovules/seeds) and on molecular (trn-l/trn-f) the European
'Dwarf'Deliciosa'is a Rhaphidophora.


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