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  Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron 'Santa Leopoldina'
From: "Steve Lucas Exotic Rainforest" <steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2007.02.21 at 21:47:18(15317)
Title: Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron 'Santa Leopoldina'

Thanks Jonathan! I am in agreement with everything you
write. I do have one minor exception. Today I posted a note from
Mauro Peixoto in Brazil. Mauro is well known in the aroid community and
operates www.BrazilPlants.com.
Mauro emphasized (I believe) the importance of the name Philodendron 'Santa
Leopoldina' to people in Brazil who are aware of the very rare plant they
assigned the name. Since they apparently granted the plant that name, and
it is frequently used in published articles regarding Philodendron
spiritus-sancti, it would appear that plant has a proprietary claim.
I readily admit, common names are worthless. I comment on their usage on
many of my website pages. It just seems of little use for so many long
bladed plants that vaguely resemble the rare species to parade using the name,
especially when offered for sale. I also readily admit little can be done
about the continued use. But at least the ones of us who are most likely
to fall prey to the "name" can be made aware. Beyond that, anyone can buy
any plant they wish and call it whatever they wish. And something tells me
they will.

Thanks again!

Steve Lucas

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