Re: gigantic leaf species around the world

     Dear Krzysztof,
     I have had a look at your interesting Alocasia images:
     A. crassifolia is correctly Alocasia alba (crassifolia is a synonym), 
     originating in Java.
     A. `californica' is A. brisbanensis, native to Eastern Australia
     A. quilted dreams appears to be an undescribed species.
     A. green velvet appears to be A. micholitziana, which in the wild is 
     quite a variable species - so several forms of it have got into 
     cultivation (Philippines)
     A. Borneo Giant appears to be A. longiloba `korthalsii'.
     A. black velvet is an undescribed species. Have you got any more 
     flowers that could be preserved in alcohol, so that this species can 
     be properly described and named??
     Your A. macrorrhiza appears to be A. odora - the leaves are pelate in 
     odora, not in macrorrhizos (another very variable species of which 
     several forms are cultivated)
     Alocasia ?Elaine matches Alocasia sinuata (originally described from 
     the Philippines, but actually Bornean).
     Alocasia ?cuprea relative seems to be Alocasia clypeolata (an new 
     species shortly to be published) (Philippines) ?= Green Shield?
     Alocasia wentii = Alocasia x sedenii (true wentii is not cultivated 
     anywhere as far as I know - it is a small, obscure species from remote 
     mountains of New Guinea)
     `Really pretty Alocasia' looks like a non-peltate form of A. reversa 
     All best
     Alistair Hay

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Subject: gigantic leaf species around the world
Author:  <> at mailgate
Date:    8/12/98 11:16 PM

Hi, all
I received the enclosed email, but there are many more qualified people in 
aroid-l to answer this question than myself, so I'm forwarding it to the 
collective attention of aroid-l... 
> From: 
> I am interested in locating the largest undivided leaves in the world. 
> (...)  It seems there are two families with gigantic leaves: Xanthosoma
> Saggitifolia and Alocosia Macrorrhiza (...)  I am curious about how large 
> they have been documented in the wild, and of course, in what parts of the 
> world.  If it is not too much trouble, please provide as exact dimensions 
> and locations as possible.  I have listed my address and phone below, or
> you may simply RE this message to my email.  Thank you for your time and 
> assistance.
>      Sincerely,
>           Daisuke Shintani
>           PO Box 674
>           Reigelsville, PA 18077
>           (610) 749 - 0401
On a separate topic, there's been a bunch of updates to my aroid pages - 
some of the more interesting ones are:
I also have four unidentified alocasia hybrids; if someone could ID them, 
I'd really appreciate it.
as well as two anthuriums: 
(my guesses: veitschii and andreanum ?)
Finally, if anyone finds that the old bookmarks to my pages don't work, it 
is because for some unfathomable reason my IP provider decided that 
personal pages cannot be reached via any more, and have to 
be specified with u1, instead ... 
Krzysztof Kozminski

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