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  Philodendron santa leopoldina
From: "john s. smolowe" johnsmolowe at pacbell.net> on 2001.11.04 at 20:51:46(7729)
In his recent Aroidiana article on Philodendron spiritus-sancti,
aka Philodendron santa leopoldina (the rare, desirable variety) Eduardo
Goncalves suggests the species be made widely available by micropropagation.
I emailed him and he wrote back:
"I am just aware that there are no more
than 5 known plants of P. spiritus-sancti in the wild. It can be considered
almost extinct in the wild. I would love to see it being micropropagated,
because it will remain as an amazing plant, even if it was being sold
K-Mart! Unfortunately, I do not have the facilities here, and I also
do not
have a living plant of it myself. That collected plant were donated
to a
private conservatory that has the proper infra-structure to grow it.
Well, I think there are
more plants of P. spiritus-sancti in the US than in Brazil (even considering
the wild specimens!)."
I'd be interested in contributing to a fund to make that happen. Does
anyone know the practical details? I suppose we'd have to find and deal
with an appropriate lab, and also find a willing owner of the correct plant.
John Smolowe
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