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  [Aroid-l] Schismatoglottis species
From: botanist at malesiana.com (Peter Boyce) on 2008.06.16 at 23:23:30(17857)
Dear Michael,

Schismatoglottis corneri is so far known from western Sabah and the Anambas islands. In Sabah it is particularly notable as an often abundant roadside element on the road ascent from KK to Poring, especially as the road rises to cross the saddle below Poring. Interestingly while in Mulu last year we encountered a very small colony of what we think may be the same species near the mouth of the Melinau Gorge. The plants were sterile and have yet to flower in cultivation here in Kuching, although they are growing well. If this is S. corneri then it will be a new recprd for Sarawa; alternatively it may tun out to be a new species. This latter option would come as no great surprise since the overwhelming majority of the herbaceous aroids at Mulu are endemic. Whatever its eventual confirmed identity I attach an image of one of the medium-sized plants if the Mulu colony with Jipom (who stands 1.75) for comparison.

I am not at all familiar with the neotropical 'Schismatoglottis', having onl seen S. sprucena in the field. However, the molecular exidence is that thay do not belong in Schismatoglottis; there is an alternative generic name for at least some of the neotropical species: Philonotion published in the 1850s

Very best

Peter

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