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  Re: [Aroid-l] Philodendron 'Santa Leopoldina'
From: <plantguy at zoominternet.net> on 2007.02.23 at 21:48:46(15332)
Well, I have been following this thread with some
interest although I have never grown a Philo. in my life. In spite of my
monumental ignorance of the genus I finally have gotten up the nerve to ask a
completely silly question. I have only heard people talking about the leaf
of these plants, the rate at which they grow, color of top and bottom of
leaf, etc, but surely a proper ID can not be made for this plant, or this
genus I would have thought, based on leaf form and color can it?? The
pictures being posted are incredibly beautiful and the difference between
juvenile and adult leaf forms is intrigueing, but truly points out the
difficulty of relying on these features for an ID. I have not read of
anyone describing the "naughty bits" as Wilbert refers to them for his favorite
genus. Does the Philo. world not rely upon the reproductive bits in the
influorescence for a proper ID?? If so, then it would seem that
proper IDs would be possible for anyone that has flowered their plant. Are
these almost impossible to flower thus adding to the difficulty?? Also, I
would assume that someone is doing the proper DNA work-up on these plants so
that a completely unequivocal ID can be had by anyone that wants to submit and
pay for genotyping, but perhaps not??

I apologize for the questions of an outsider in
this rather exciting conversation, but I hope that perhaps I can learn a little
bit along the way and perhaps someday I will even have a Philo. of my own....any
old Philo. Please be gentle in your responses :o)


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