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[aroid-l] Philo cold hardiness and O/T Cyclanthaceae ID
From: Adam Black epiphyte1 at earthlink.net> on 2002.10.11 at 05:29:47(9516)|
Here in northern peninsular Florida, Philodendron bipinnatifidum/selloum
normally recovers very quickly after the harder freezes we experience
each year defoliate it. The thick "trunks" never seem to be damaged, and
new growth sprouts from the crown in early spring, and by late spring,
the plant is full again. What makes this plant this cold tolerant? Does
its native range extend into areas or altitudes that recieve occasional
frosts? Or is it the thick trunk that protects it? If the latter is the
case, would other self-heading Philodendrons fare just as well here in
zone 8? Has anyone experimented with species like P. goeldii and P.
williamsii in a similar climate?
Off topic question:
I was at my local garden center a few weeks ago seeing if they had|
anything unusual in. I was glad I did. I was passing by the three gallon
pot section that have the usual Ficus and palm varieties, miscellaneous
Spathiphyllum cultivars, etc, and a pair of plants caught my eye. At
first, I though they were the palm Chamaedorea metallica, but they
looked different. Upon bending over for closer inspection, the structure
of the stem and dried up inflorescense revealed it wasn't a palm, and
eventually it came to me that this was a member of the Cyclanthaceae
family. I had always been fascinated with these plants as much as I am
with certain types of Aroids, and never expected to have one available
for purchase, especially at this place! According to the tag, the name
given to the three foot high plant was simply "Jungle Drum $24.99". I
would be very interested in figuring out the proper name of this
species, and if anyone is familiar with this group of plants, I can
email a photo for possible ID. The nursery was of no help in tracking
down where it came from, and when I returned to purchase the other one,
someone had already snatched it up. If anyone has any ideas of the
species of this "Jungle Drum", please let me know off list. Also, if
anyone has any members of this family available, please let me know. By
the way, are members of Cyclanthaceae called "Cyclanthids, Cyclanthiads,
Cyclanthoids, or what?
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