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Anthurium radicans x dressleri

Anthurium radicans x dressleri, Plant on display at the 2009 International Aroid Society Show and Sale in Miami, FL, Photo Copyright 2009, Steve Lucas,
Anthurium radicans x dressleri

An Anthurium Hybrid

We used to be regular visitors at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami.  If you've never been, make it a point.  It's worth a trip to Miami all by itself, especially in September when they host the International Aroid Society aroid show.  There is another botanic garden only a few hundred miles to the northwest you should also visit, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Tampa because you are likely to see the Anthurium hybrid cross shown on this page.
My favorite exhibits aroids including Anthurium and Philodendron species, orchids, bromeliads and large tropical atrium filled with rare plants, especially the Anthurium displays.  Against the back wall and adjacent to the indoor pool, was an Anthurium I was tempted more than once to "borrow".  Never tried, so don't panic!  The plant had no identification tag but once the plant in my photo became available I was almost certain that plant was Anthurium radicans.  The leaves were large, crinkled, ruffled, rippled, quilted, stiff, textured and almost any other word commonly used to describe a really exotic Anthurium (to a botanist that leaf form is known as bullate).  Several exquisite Anthurium sp. appeared to have been melded together to create a truly wonderful plant.  But try as I could, I could never locate one just like it to bring home until one day on eBay I discovered what appeared to be the plant at Fairchild and it was $10! 
Some research indicated the plant on eBay was a tissue culture and had been "cloned".  Technically the cloning process is known as a tissue cultured and is commonly done by a company in Central Florida.  Botanical expert Harry E. Luther, Director, Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Identification Center and Curator of Living Collections at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Tampa, FL sent an email in September, 2007 letting me know the hybrid of Anthurium  radicans x A. dressleri was hybridized at Selby in the late 1970s by botanist Mike Madison.  I later learned he and Mike Bush used the finicky A. dressleri for several hybrids.  According to Harry, for several decades the Anthurium radicans x dressleri hybrid was truly a rare plant.  Once tissue culture began to be widely used the hybrid became available from many plant dealers.  The original hybridized specimens are still growing at Selby.
The hybrid combination still sometimes offered on eBay,  Anthurium radicans crossed with Anthurium dressleri, contains some of the best traits of both of those parent plants.  The hybrid variety of Anthurium radicans x A. dressleri has proven to be a sterile plant and will not produce seeds.  The cross is easily grown as a cutting from the original plant.  You can also locate information regarding Anthurium radicans, the species, on this website.
Growing information on Anthurium species can be read here.
Anthurium hybrids are known to be highly variable and not every leaf of every specimen will always appear the same.  This link explains in greater detail the scientific principle of natural variation and morphogenesis.  Click here.

As it would turn out, they plant at Fairchild was wasn't the exotic Anthurium I had craved so long but was very similar.  The plant at Fairchild turned out to be Anthurium luxurians and is even more exquisite. 

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