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Re: Philodendron santa leopoldina
From: Betsy Feuerstein ecuador at midsouth.rr.com> on 2001.11.05 at 00:54:27(7730)|
I hear what you are saying, but I who just paid my left arm to get this
plant, would just as soon we wait for the next millennium to do it. Those
of us who have paid a fortune for it would think twice about such most
likely. Also, it certainly would cut in the society's pocketbook take from
the auctions. Just a personal come back to this discussion.
"john s. smolowe" wrote:|
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
have a living plant of it myself. That collected plant were donated
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.
Menlo Park, CA
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