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To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
Sent: donderdag 21 juni 2001 22:10
Subject: Re: Amorpho titanum crosses!!!
> I am sure the Sri Lankan greengrocers in Tooting must think I obtain some
> strange illicit drugs from the amorph tubers, or that I eat vast
> of the curries in which they put them! They have probably sold more in the
> last month or two than the previous year (two other growers have now asked
> to get them some too...).
> I agree with most of the comments on hybrids given here, the majority do
> improve on nature, although I suspect most of us are only too happy to
> various hybrid garden plants without giving it a second thought. It is a
> fairly natural thing for man to pick the biggest, the darkest, the
> the best scented flowers etc etc and its only a short step from there to
> selectively crossing. I think the orchid people have it right, at least
> register everything and one can look up parentage very easily. All these
> cultivar names which mean nothing (what IS Anthurium Jungle King?!, or
> Spathiphyllum Sensation?!) because they wont tell you or dont know the
> parentage are not helping anyone. Yes, we absolutely must conserve and
> disseminate species as much as possible to ensure their survival in
> collections (is it too pessimistic to feel that their habitats just will
> survive?) and for future generations to admire their stunning beauty. I am
> not against hybrids per se as long as the species are cared for, and the
> hybrids well documented. A giant konjac-titanum in the backyard may be
> unlikely but it would certainly get noticed.....
> Just wait till they use gene surgery to join a Spathiphyllum with
> Amorphophallus, Spathiphyllum "Dracula's Delight" anyone...?
> Geoffrey Kibby