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Re: [Aroid-l] Syngonium

>From : 	Peter Boyce <botanist@malesiana.com>
Reply-To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : 	Monday, August 27, 2007 9:59 PM
To : 	"Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Subject : 	Re: [Aroid-l] Syngonium

Dear Aroidophyles,

S. podophyllum (and many other introduced Aroids) is VERY common in the 
'wild' here in Florida.   I collected a large series of ripe fruit from 
'escapees' of this species growing up the trunks of Cypress trees at the 
edge of the Everglades, West side of State Road 441 just South of Boynton 
Beach Blvd. about 4 years ago, and sent them to Vic Soukup.

Good Growing,


>>Interesting is that all three naturalized Syngium (podophyllum,
and angustifolium) fruit prolifically here in Sarawak; you can even find
them in deep forest. Macrophyllum also sometimes fruits here (in
cultivation) but does not seem to have become naturalized.


----- Original Message -----
From: "mossytrail" <mossytrail@hctc.com>
To: <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 10:31 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Syngonium

>Today I discovered that Syngonium podophyllum in Hawaii does
>at least occasionally set fruit.  I found one single, fallen
>infructescence in Moanalua Valley, the only aroids present
>beong Syngonium.  Peeling back the spathe base, I found
>juicy white pulp encasing black seeds.  I tasted it, it was
>sweet.  I was careful not to swallow any of the seeds (not
>knowing whether they are okay); but I must have contacted
>some of the calcuim oxalate, because in one corner of my
>mouth, I did feel the burn for about half an hour.
>Jason Hernandez

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