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  RE: [Aroid-l] Philodendron 'Santa Leopoldina'
From: "Eduardo Goncalves" <edggon at hotmail.com> on 2007.02.27 at 05:31:59(15373)
Dear Ted,

We visited Robert Kautsky, the original collector of the nomenclatural
type of P. spiritus-sancti. He gave the plant George Bunting described. We
observed the cultivated specimen he still keeps on his farm (from which dry
specimens were prepared) and we spotted similar material around. We have
been collecting in Espirito Santo state for years and we could only found
this species in Kautsky's farm. Obviously we used classic taxonomic
characters to ID it, including sections on flowers. That was not that hard
because there is no other species that could be REALLY confused with P.
spiritus-sancti, although you can confuse many species under the popular
"loose" definition of "Santa Leopoldina". Right now we are using clones of
the type specimen to make a profile based on the "DNA barcode" concept, in
order to make identifications of P. spiritus-sancti more reliable.
Unfortunately, the "real" identity of P. "Santa Leopoldina" will be hard to
find out, mainly because you can't extract DNA from an horticultural legend!

Very best wishes,

Eduardo.

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