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aroids (?) in the news !

  • Subject: aroids (?) in the news !
  • From: "Derek Burch" <derek@horticulturist.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 21:18:14 -0500 (CDT)

The Florida Agriculture Commissioner has banned the sale of a gel candy containing "conjac"  The gel is said not to dissolve at body temperatures and thus presents a hazard to children who swallow it whole.
Is this one of the starches from an amorphophallus? Or perhaps a more generic name in the Pacific for something from an underground storage organ?
Anyway, the obvious behaviour pattern for us should be to enjoy the olfactory delights of our plants, but to avoid sucking on bits of them. Derek

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