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Re: [aroid-l] Care when mowing down unwanted elephant ears

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Care when mowing down unwanted elephant ears
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 23:24:54 +0000

>From: <hcward416@comcast.net>
>Reply-To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
>To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
>Subject: [aroid-l] Care when mowing down unwanted elephant ears
>Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 12:38:55 -0500

Dear Barbara,

I am sorry to hear of your misfortune.   What 'elephant ear' was it, a Philodendron, Alocasia, Colocasia or Xanthosoma??   ALL may have this effect, but the only one that once 'got' to me was the leaves of the common (here in Florida) Philodendron 'selloum', I was pruning the old leaves and in a couple of hours my chest and arms were on fire!


>Yesterday I was mowing down a clump of extremely wet elephant ears that

>produce runners underground and was going to spray them with roundup
>afterwards. The lawnmower blower got clogged and after stopping the machine
>I laid down on the ground and reached under mower to clean out the
>clippings. I forgot that elephant ears are loaded with oxalic acid. As a
>result my arms and legs are on fire and have been since yesterday. It was
>like being stung with thousands of red ants. I will not be doing that
>Hope this helps so that no one else makes this mistake.

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