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  Re: [Aroid-l] Natural Hybrid/ Alocasia cucullata (Lour) G. Don
From: "Peter Boyce" <botanist at malesiana.com> on 2007.03.31 at 23:42:18(15539)
What interests me most is that A.
cucullata is itself (together with A. macrorrhizos) something of
an enigma. It is not known in the wild and throughout its 'natural' range is
only ever found in association with human disturbance. Those of you familiar
with Thailand and Indo-China will have seen it most often planted in the
compounds of Buddhist temples where it is favoured as 'lucky' or, if you ask
older monks and nuns, because it is believed to protect the temple from evil
spirits and well as bad luck. In Lao I have seen it planted for the same purpose
around the communal rice stores in villages of several of the hill tribe

My point here is that in all probability A.
cucullata is a stabilized culton of perhaps A. odora (which is
indigenous and widespread throughout the 'range' of A. cucullata)
maintained for the most part by human intervention, or maybe a hybrid of A.
odora and/or A. macrorrhizos. There is a possibility that what we
are witnessing is a 'reversion' to the progenitor or one of the progeniting
parents. However, I hasten to add that I am no geneticist and that is this all,
perhaps fanciful, speculation.


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