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  Re: Alocasia name
From: plantnut at shadow.net (Dewey Fisk) on 1997.07.16 at 02:45:00(950)
In Aroideana, Vol. 7, Nos. 3 & 4, Page 140, Burnett says "Alocasia x
argyraea Hort. ex Sander (A. longiloba x A. x pucciana) = (A. longiloba x
{A. korthalsii x A. putzeyii}". This says that you might have a hybrid on
your hands.... However, on pages 117 to 119 he says that there is so much
variability in A. lowii that it is difficult to tell the differences...
There is one... A. lowii var. veitchii 'Argentea' that is just as silver on
the leaf as the A. x argyaea that is also shown... So, the differences are
more than the simalarities..

One word of hope... Dr. Alistair Hay is nearing completion of a Revision
of the Genera and as soon as all the technical stuff is published in
journals that most of us will never see... he has promised to do a
complete Aroideana on Alocasias.... THEN, we will have the definitive
word! But, don't hold your breath. This will not be for a couple of years

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