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  Re: [Aroid-l] The Saola and the Araceae
From: "Peter Boyce" <botanist at malesiana.com> on 2006.12.16 at 05:00:43(14946)
Hi TedWas interested to see your posting
on the saola and aroids. In the late 1990's I was involved with a UNDP/Lao
Forest Department project training parataxonomists in the northern part of the
Lao PDR as part of a NTFP project funded by UNDP & Danida. While in Lao I
met up with Bill Robichaud, then of WSC, who was studying saola and was one of
the first westerners to successfully get photographs from camera traps. Bill
asked me to identify plants that he had collected from saola grazing sites and
these proved to Schismatoglottis calyptrata (Roxb.) Zoll. &
Moritzi, a variable and widespread species and is common in everwet forest in
IndoChina (its full range is from tropical northeastern Myanmar to New
Guinea).It now seems likely that the saola's primary range is the remote
and very precipitous, not to say very wet mountains along the border between
Bolikhamxay and Nghe An provinces in Lao & Vietnam respectively with
increasing evidence that it most saola and saola habitat in Laos probably lie
outside of Nakai-Nam Theun, in areas of Bolikhamxay Province (and to a lesser
extent Savannakhet and Xekong Provinces) the area (Nakai-Nam Theun)
traditionally considered its main rangeReverting to the aroid aspect,
here in Sarawak leaves of Schismatoglottis motleyana (Schott) Engl. are
occasionally sold as a vegetable. used to make ulam and are favoured for the
astringent/sour taste they impart. In Sabah I have seen leaves of another
Schismatoglottis (possibly S. venusta A.Hay) sold for similar


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