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    08 / 16 / 2018

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    Richard Couture


I just got this one for 1 dollar and would like to know what it is. From the flower I am guessing that it is an aroid of some sort. Kinda looks like typhonium trilobatum but mine has a mottled stem while photos of the t. trilobatum on the Internet appear to be green without mottling. Thanks Richard


  • Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    Brian finally answered me as follows: The chlorospatha and Xanthosoma are very closely related. This does look similar to Chlorospatha croatiana but also very similar to Xanthosoma helleborifolium. Only two people I know can possibly ID this plant. Dr Tom Croat at Missouri botanical gardens and Eduardo Gonalves. They are possibly the top botanist on the subject. Thanks sorry I could not be of more help. So I guess that I will wait until it shapes up a bit and looks better before pursuing it’s identity further, though I am leaning STRONGLY towards Clorospatha Thanks Richard

    August 31st, 2018 at 4:10pm

  • Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    I wrote to them a week or so ago and have yet to receive a response. I note that the last update on their ID web site is dated 2012. I am fairly certain from the photos and descriptions that I have found that it is a Chlorospatha Croatiana Thanks Richard

    August 28th, 2018 at 7:47pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Oops, so sorry Richard! I meant to type: ‘I’m not saying this is yours’ instead. I thought you might be interest to check out the C. croatiana’s inflorescence image to compare. We still need an Aroid expert for a confirmed ID. Maybe you can get some help with Brian’s Botanicals to see if yours is a hybrid or species and of which genera. Once again, I apologized for the mix up. Best wishes! Laura

    August 22nd, 2018 at 1:21am

  • Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    I’ve been browsing the Internet for the last hour or so investigating your suggestion that my plant is a clorospatha croatiana and I do believe that you have nailed it right on. The descriptions include the mottled stems that have ruled out all others that I have considered before asking your opinion. Thanks so much Richard

    August 21st, 2018 at 10:15pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Check out Chlorospatha croatiana in the Chlorosatha genus (I’m saying this is your genus.)

    August 21st, 2018 at 2:50pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Not able to see the anatomy of its flowers, it will be hard to narrow down. In my humble opinion, your interesting specimen’s flowers are not a match for T. trilobatum, also I can’t tell if yours is an aroid hybrid. You should try the experts at included link below. Please share its ID whenever you have it. Thank you & best wishes Richard! Laura

    August 21st, 2018 at 1:57pm

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