>Subject: [aroid-l] Care when mowing down unwanted elephant ears
>Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 12:38:55 -0500
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.