The Araceae, though the
active subject of research by many botanists since the time of
H. W. Schott, is still one of the most poorly known plant families.
While considerable efforts are still needed to complete a revision
of the Araceae of Asia, even more research is needed in the neotropics.
While the family is reasonably well known in Central America and
the West Indies, it remains poorly studied in the South America,
especially in the region of the Andes. The current large team
of scientists and the ever growing student population as well
as the increased public interest in the horticulture and systematics
of the family bode well for the ultimate goal of more completely
understanding this remarkable group of plants.
The author wishes to
thank all aroid researchers who edited and returned those portions
dealing directly with their research. A number of people agreed
to edit the entire document. A great deal of credit for the end
product in this document goes to Alistair Hay who provided much
information about Asian localities, Asian collectors and new specialists
in Araceae from that region and also gave useful advise for improving
the manuscript. In addition, a number of references were obtained
directly from his massive botanical bibliography of the Araceae
of Malesia, Australia, and the tropical western Pacific region
published in Blumea (Suppl. 8). Special thanks also goes
to Dan Nicolson for his meticulous editing, for correcting the
German text, adding many references, for correcting references
and for his generally wise advise for improvements. Richard Mansell
also carefully edited the entire manuscript and made useful changes.
Others who edited this work include: Josef Bogner, Peter Boyce,
Simon Mayo, and Wilbert Hetterscheid. Thanks to all of you for
your much appreciated efforts. Profound thanks goes to Petra Schmidt
Malesevich, without whose constant help the project could not
have even been begun. Its completion owes much to her many hours
spent on all aspects of the project.