Re: Spectacular Aroids #3

Now, there is a black Alocasia.  It has a black matt finish on the leaf and
the veins are sort of a silver to platinum color...  It was one that was
found by someone at  a Botanical Garden.  It wass found in Borneo.  It is
available and listed in Spectacular Aroids #1.

>To add to the confusion, I've seen a (?this) plant listed as a black Alocasia!
>          Les
>At 10:03 AM 8/25/97 -0500, you wrote:
>>>From Dewey's post:
>>> Xanthosoma sp. "Blackie"        The Black one that everybody is talking
>>> about.   The leaf is so black that it looks like black velour.
>>Have we been talking about a black Xanthosoma recently?  I know there's
>>been a lot of discussion of Colocasia "black magic".  Is the Xanthosoma
>>yet another black-leaved plant?  As I mentioned several months ago, I
>>saw a Xanthosoma violacea at Kew Gardens that had almost black leaves
>>(huge ones, too), although what is sold as Xanthosoma violacea around
>>here always has green leaves.  Incidentally, a friend of mine (not on
>>the list) told me about a recent program on one of those "home and
>>garden" t.v. shows.  Seems they mentioned a *black caladium*, and were
>>recommending it for the home gardener.  Is there a black caladium, a
>>black Xanthosoma, and a black colocasia (black magic), or are people
>>debating the correct name?
>>Clarence Hester

Dewey E. Fisk, Plant Nut

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