RE: New list member introduction

From: on behalf of Nick Miller
Sent: 	Tuesday, August 26, 1997 5:28 PM
Subject: 	New list member introduction

>>>Allow me to introduce myself as a new subscriber to Aroid-L.

I have a wide interest in plants (orchids, gesneriads, ferns,vireyas 
etc etc) and find email discussion groups of this type a wonderful 
innovation.  I have recently developed an interest in aroids (due in 
part to viewing a collection at the Cairns Botanical garden, 
Queensland).  I live at 38 degrees South, at an elevation of 300 
metres (1000 feet), but a surprising  number of  aroids will grow 
outside for us (Colocasia, Alocasia, Monstera etc).  

In New Zealand various aroids are, from time to time, available, but 
not from specialist nurseries.  The naming is often doubtful or 
non-existant.  The selection is rather limited.  I see there are a 
few other NZ members of Aroid-L.

Three rather ignorant questions:

>>I am thinking of joining the IAS, and have looked at their web pages, 
but cannot determine whether they have a seed fund (seeds are one of 
the few practical means of importing plants here).<<

Nick--  Welcome to Aroid-L !!  I can only speak for myself, but seed and small 
bulbils (tiny tubers) are often available, and some members are VERY kind in 
getting these to fellow "Aroidophiles".  I would encourage you to join the 
Aroid society, as their Yearly Journal is worth the wait.  I have all the 
issues dating back to 1978.
What is the coldest that it gets where you live? (in degs. F, please)
I grow swamp Aroids, and quite often have seed to spare, but they won`t stand 
temps below 60 degs F.  I have to bring mine for cold snaps during our winter 
here in S. Florida!  I`ve sent seed to Sydney Botanical garden, and they are 
growing there .  Can you only receive seed, and not small tubers?  Let me 

>>How do I tell the difference between Alocasia and Colocasia?<<<

Quoting from Dr A. Hay`s wonderful book "Aroids of Papua New Guinea"
(ISBN:  9980-85-305-0,  CRI Publication No. 10, Christensen Research 
Institute, P.O. Box 305, Madang, Papua New Guinea)--"Blade peltate, held 
vertically with the anterior lobe down, plant strongly stoleniferous and 
tending to form colonies, appendix (top of spadix) very short"---Colocasia.

"Blade not peltate, or if so, then held horizontally to vertically, if 
stoloniferous then with the stolons short and terminating in a cormel, rarely 
gregarious; appendix large"---Alocasia.

>>What is 'Golden Taro' (green-gold leaves and stems) likely to be?<<

Probably an Alocasia; A. macrorrhiza "New Guinea gold " would be a high 

Hoping someone will relieve my ignorance.

Nick Miller
Rotorua, New Zealand<<<

I look forward to "hearing" from you frequently on Aroid-L.
Julius Boos

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