Plant Memory -Mostly OT

dave s
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 10:57:24 PDT
Last I saw of the "real deal" was the greenhouse at KU, where I worked for
a few years in the 90's. Commercially, though, it seems that it has been
replaced by the hybrid (which, frustratingly, I've seen labeled as
diagremontianum in some books and websites). I got rid of all of mine since
it infested many of my other pots. :D Little did I know.

There's a green hybrid that sometimes pops up as pure's discussed in Rauh's Madagascar book, vol II, I
think. Anyway, I always think of K. diagremontianum as the classic example
of "so common it became extinct." The "extinct" is an exaggeration of
course, but I'm sure you're all familiar with some plants that were
EVERYWHERE, so much so that no one wanted them anymore, and they all but
vanished. Happens with aquarium fish, too.

Here's a good pic of the hybrid, for those unfamiliar. Looks just like
you'd expect.…

- Dave

On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 1:32 PM, Dennis Kramb <> wrote:

> I'm not familiar with the hybrids, but K. diagremontianum was commonly
> available in the 90's at a local nursery.  I had it in my collection
> up until about ten years ago.  I assume it was correctly named, as it
> looked just like the K. diagremontianum in my books.
> Dennis in Cincinnati (USDA Zone 6)
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