From: desinadora at mail2designer.com (Elizabeth Campbell) on 2008.06.28 at 22:59:24(17997)|
Steve over at Exotic Rainforest sent me an email recently saying that I
should share my in-situ photos of the aroids I encounter when out
hiking. I live in Ecuador, in close proximity to some of the cloud
forests where Dr. Croat does his collections. Rather than fill your
inboxes up with dozens of attachments, I've uploaded them to a gallery
for your viewing pleasure. Some of the aroids there, I have been able to
identify (with Steve's and others' kind help) and others remain NOIDS.
Many of the photos are of juvenile forms that spring up from the edges
of road cuts. If any of you recognise them, please let me know and I
will update their labels accordingly!
There are two photos marked "Mystery Anthurium" which Dr. Croat believes
may be new species. If you are interested in seeing more photos of this
particular species, they are at
There are four or five specimens of it growing in the Quito Botanical
Gardens, which is where I took the photos of it. It appears to have been
rescued from the oil pipeline near Mindo, Ecuador; beyond this, garden
staff don't know anything about it. It is a very large, freestanding
plant - the initial photos are of leaves just a hair over 6' in length;
later photos are of younger leaves which were only about 46" - still
I hope you enjoy!