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  Re: aglaonemas
From: "Ron Iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2001.10.25 at 05:14:59(7677)

Thank you but my optimism is intact:

Are not Aglaonema & Spathiphyllum BOTH beautiful in different ways.& like
other groups of plants. Do not different plants appeal in different ways to
different people. Long may it be so. But it is interesting to consider how
these things may be.

I have not had the pleasure of reading Dr. Frank Browns authoritative manual
on Aglaonema so I do not know the number of species now known in that genus.
It seems that the common few species are all well known. I suggest that the
the popularity of these plants is due to their hybrids & selected cultivars
with more & more attractively variegated foliage.. I suggest that their
flowers are not as simply elegant & graceful as Peace Lilies.

Spathiphyllum were, & are exceptionally popular & I submit will surely
continue to appeal for the following reasons. Needing no variegation, they
are simply graceful in a "Zen" way, with their dark green leaves
contrasting with their classic white often subtly exquisitely perfumed
flowers. Their "past & present" has been maybe mostly based on hybrids
which apart from size often look very similar because their parents are of
a tragically restricted range of wild mostly rheophytic species. Most of
the so far known 43 wild species are extremely rare, inaccessible or unknown
in horticulture or most Botanic Gardens. The "missing ones" are often very
distinct, "different" & very beautiful. They have never been available for
cultivation, close study & hybridising as with maybe most Aglaonema species
& other plants for indoor use. The REAL future & biodiversity of Aroid
House Plants including Spathiphyllum can surely only truly manifest when far
more or all of the known & still to be discovered wild species are available
to simple specialists such as myself & others who struggle against the odds
& care & love enough to grow & study them for further dissemination & maybe

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