RE: amorphophallus campanulatus and arum campanulatum

From: on behalf of
Sent: 	Thursday, July 24, 1997 8:47 AM
To: 	Julius Boos
Subject: 	amorphophallus campanulatus and arum campanulatum

>>Dear list members,

I am not a botanist. I would very much appreciate if you can tell me or guide
me to any text or graphic descriptions (preferred) of amorphophallus
campanulatus and arum campanulatum on the internet. Are the two different? I
would like to know, for instance, 

1. if they grow in Indus Valley or Punjab region of Pakistan/India or
northeast Afghanistan
2. if they grow in South India
3. their height
4. diameter of their stem
5. how many leaves/branches it develops at the top
6. how the tuber looks and how big it gets to be
7. the etymology of the names amorphophallus campanulatus and arum
8. if it is used in any rituals by people

Thank you very much in advance.


S. Palaniappan<<

Dear Mr Palaniappan,
Dr Hetterscheid has answered most of your querries re: A. paeoniifolius; I can 
add just one or two items that may be of interest to you .  In Trinidad, West 
Indies, the E.Indian immigrants, who began arriving in 1845, transfered the 
local name in India for A. paeoniifolius (which is "suran") to a Neotropical 
Aroid,Dracontium asperum, which bears a resemblance to Amorphophallus, and 
which is also used as food.  Medicinal uses by the E. indians for Dracontium,  
which were probably transfered to Dracontium from Amorphophallus, are:--the 
tuber is ground and used to alleviate asthma.  It is mixed with yogurt and 
drunk as a treatment for piles, and to reduce fever. 
I hope the above assists you.  I`d be interested in hearing from you as to 
what aspect of Amorphallus you are resarching.
      If you wish, I could copy some of the older literature on Amorphophallus 
            paeoniifolius for you. Please let me know.
Julius Boos

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