More Chen Yi plants

Jim McClements, Dover, DE z6 JimMcClem at AOL.COM
Tue Jun 15 23:16:06 CEST 1999

To continue the saga:

Plants sent out as "A. candidissimum var." , "A. cand. var ?", "A. cand.
white" and "A. cand. pink" are all white candidissimums, most with no hint of

"A. cand. red", as I mentioned earlier is either franchetianum or fargesii,
but I won't upset Greg again by combining the two names. I know that there
was a lot of discussion last year about how to tell the two apart (something
about the diameter of the base of the spadix, I think), but I'm still
confused. I note that one of Guy's photos of A. fargesii shows it with
prominent "ears". Is this distinguishing?

"SP#12"; of 2 plants, one is apparently yunnanense, since it is identical to
"A. bathycoleum"! (This is a great way to ID plants!). However, the the other
is different. Still trifoliolate and with a green spathe, but with no
striping. The tube is distinctively longer and narrower than A. yunnanense,
and the appendage is black and very thin. This is a mature female plant, so I
don't think these are transient changes.

"Sp. #11", 2 plants just up, one opening and appears to be of the franch/farg
persuasion. More later on this one.

"A. inkiangense" is another sinarisaema and appears to be a fairly typical A.
consanguineum, with a slightly brown spathe.

Lots of species appear to be working up seeds, including one of the huge A.
wilsonii. It would be a good idea at this point to make some decisions about
how to handle the ones with unclear ID's in the exchange. It would be a shame
not to use them, but it would be equally bad to have them go out with the
wrong names and perpetuate the confusion. Would it be acceptable to mark all
of the Chen Yi seeds with "??" ?.

Jim McClements

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