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  Re: [aroid-l] Philo cold hardiness and O/T Cyclanthaceae ID
From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2002.10.11 at 19:59:14(9521)
Hi Adam,

Just a fast comment. Yes, Philodendron bipinnatifidum is native to
southeastern-southern Brazil (as well as Paraguay and Argentina), and
usually occurs in areas with occasional frosts.

Very best wishes,


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Subject: [aroid-l] Philo cold hardiness and O/T Cyclanthaceae ID
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 01:29:47 -0400

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?


Eduardo G. Goncalves

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