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  Re: [Aroid-l] black warocqueanum
From: "Michael Mahan" <agavestar at covad.net> on 2007.06.29 at 20:02:53(15905)
Remind me to buy it 1st next time THEN ask …. About hype

There was no "professed
skepticism". I was absolutely skeptical! As I explained in an
earlier post, Julius Boos, Leland Miyano and I discussed this plant repeatedly
for days. At first Julius agreed with me, we both thought this was
nonsense. You likely read Julius' note on variations to Windy just
yesterday. That is exactly what we thought this "black" waroc
to be! Leland on the otherhand knew better. He was aware of several
growers who actually had the plant. He set out carefully to convince both
Julius and myself the offer was genuine. But since the three of us trade
email almost daily (not through Aroid l), you were not privy to those
conversations. Then you stepped in and verifed exactly what Leland
had been telling me in email after email. Both you and he convinced me
this could be a great chance to get a possible undescribed species, and I
stated my mind had been changed on Aroid l before the auction ended. So I
bid in the last few minutes. There was zero attempt at deception. I
was convinced this was pure hype until Leland, who many of you will meet as the
IAS guest speaker in September, convinced me otherwise and I corresponded with
David Fell.

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