If you are interested in obtaining one or a few of these valuable tubers,|
and by so doing, assisting a student in completing their education. I will
ship to Florida growers now and to others in the colder Northern Zones when
it warms up in spring.
Photographs of this wonderful plant can be viewed either in 'Aroideana' Vol
16, pgs. 6+7, Figs 2, 3 and 4, and also on Professor Paul Resslar`s Caladium
pages with the caption 'N. E. Trinidad'---
(note the "underscore" between 'library' and 'tech').
A few notes on this and other rare Caladium species--
This is one species that does not appear to have been used in the Caladium
breeding programs in Florida or in other countries as both C. bicolor and C.
schomburgkii have, and which have even been crossed to produce the
cultivars "Gingerland", "White wing" and others. Since the publication of
the article in Aroideana Vol. 16, I have found that these Caladiums plus C.
schomburgkii and C. humboldtii are considered 'special' (sacred?) plants by
the inhabitants of the area where they are found, and are 'traded' only
between families who know of their alleged 'powers'. These wonderful
people are not prone to giving plants to the casual visitor to the village,
and will not show a visitor these plants in the wild.
The above may be responsible for their wide distribution throughout the
Amazon region (I have seen this same Caladium from Amazonium Brazil, Br.
Guiana and Amazonium Peru in addition to Trinidad, W.I.), and in the case of
C. humboldtii, this practice may be actually responsible for it`s very
existence, as this species has never been collected or cultivated in a
fertile state, and is passed from village to village in S. America. The
following article "Indian Charms", in Tropical Wildlife in British Guiana.
Vol 1, 488-499, The New York Zoological Society, New York, gives wonderful
insights into the esteem in which this plant and other Aroids are held by
the Indians as love and hunting 'charms'."