Thaumatophyllum Notes and Writings

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On the discovery of the natural hybrid Thaumatophyllum Marijke (spruceanum x solimoesense)

In 1995, during an impact study, a boat had to bring me to the other side of the Cavalet River in eastern French Guiana, close to the border with the State of Amapa, Brazil. Waiting for the boat, looking at the trees, I saw a large Philodendron in one of the neaby tree trunks. It was a big Meconostigma, but the leaf form was neither Philodendron goeldii nor P. solimoesense. Was it another species, perhaps undescribed?

On the separation of Thaumatophyllum from Philodendron

According to Sakuragui et al (2018), members of the new Thaumatophyllum group are easily distinguished by diagnostic morphological characters as well as by a distinct ecology and geographical distribution. They proposed the recognition of P. subg. Meconostigma as a distinct genus based on molecular, morphological and cytological evidence.

On the origins and turbulent history of the Imperial Philodendron (Thaumatophyllum speciosum) at the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

There are a few individual specimens of Thaumatophyllum that have become notable because of their history or cultural significance. The Thaumatophyllum speciosum or "Imperial Philodendron" that has made its home in the humid and warm confines of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is perhaps one of the most famous.

On the Thaumatophyllum collections of Longwood Botanical Gardens in Pennsylvania, USA

Longwood Botanical Gardens itself is one of the best public botanical institutions I have ever visited. The outside gardens were very well maintained, but the architecture of the conservatory was even more striking and magnificent, with tall columns covered in green and flowing water everywhere accentuating the healthy plants that draped, drooped, rose, and clambered and climbed all over the buildings.

A short note on the origins of Thaumatophyllum 'Soledad'

There are certain hybrids in the trade that used to be widely circulated or well-known but are not currently widely available. They seem to linger on mostly because of their beauty to avid collectors of the group, and layers of mystery sometimes surrounds their original heritage and history. Such is the case with Thaumatophyllum 'Soledad', which is frequently compared in forums and websites to the equally gorgeous Thaumatophyllum 'Evansii'

On the Origins and History of the Royal Hybrid Thaumatophyllum 'Maharlika'

After years of aroid watching, there are very few aroids that still engender in me at first glance a sense of wonderment and beauty akin to that very first time I saw in the distance a huge Alocasia in the early 1990s, and yet I remember staring slack-jawed at a picture posted by LariAnn Garner of Aroidia Research at the UBC Botanical garden Forum in June of 2009.

A Rare and Wonderful Discovery: The Hunt for Thaumatophyllum petraeum

Sometimes there are rare and wonderful discoveries to be found even in the most unlikely of places. On June 28, 2005 I visited the New York Botanical Garden to take pictures of any and all aroids that featured this life habit. Out of the dozens of pictures of aroids that I took, one of the most interesting was an arborescent specimen with large beautifully glossy triangular leaves. Unfortunately, the specimen was labeled as being an unknown Thaumatophyllum.

On the trail of Robert Chumley's Thaumatophyllum 'miniature selloum'

The world of plantsmen is a slow one, a glacial undertaking that seems to have little to do with the fast-paced, inter-connected world of today. But it is one that is filled with fascinating history, and one where hidden treasures may often lurk undiscovered or unremarked. Such may be the case with the Thaumatophyllum that was called Thaumatophyllum 'miniature-selloum'.

On the Origins of Thaumatophyllum x evansii

The huge beautiful ruffled leaves of Thaumatophyllum x evansii has always attracted the attention of aroid lovers and laymen alike. Indeed, the path to my obsession with the Thaumatophyllum aroids was paved by my visit to Huntington Gardens in California in 2005, when we chanced upon several grand specimens of this aroid, one in full bloom.

How I Became a Thaumatophyllum Nut

I think obsessions sneak up on you. They don't just appear, fully-formed, and change your life forever. They appear first as innocuous events in your life, perhaps even trivial incidents that seem less than ephemeral, then blossom slowly like an enormous flower.

On the murky history of Thaumatophyllum xanadu
(from Exotic Rainforest website)

In this archived page from the Exotic Rainforest website by Steve Lucas, Steve uncovers the murky history of Thaumatophyllum xanadu.

On the reconstruction of the natural hybrid Thaumatophyllum 'Marijke'
(from Exotic Rainforest website)

In this archived page from the Exotic Rainforest website by Steve Lucas, Steve explains how the natural Thaumatophyllum hybrid Thaumatophyllum 'Marijke' came to be reconstructed for distribution in the horticultural trade.

On the confusion regarding Thaumatophyllum williamsii vs T. stenolobum
(from Exotic Rainforest website)

There had been much confusion regarding the identity of many specimens labeled as T. williamsii, but which were actually T. stenolobum. In this archived page from the Exotic Rainforest website by Steve Lucas, Steve shows how to separate one from the other.

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