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Re: Alocasia araceae

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Alocasia araceae
  • From: Dean Sliger <deanslgr@juno.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2001 11:29:01 -0600 (CST)

Just tossing something out from left field, adding to the speculation
frenzy, but have we ruled out that the plant's not a Caladium?  I know
many aroid-ers will huff and guffah at the idea, but to the "average"
person there isn't a lot of difference.  Many gardening catalogues list
Alocasias and Colocasias as "elephant ear caladiums."

What someone needs to do is get their hands on a specimen of the plant in


On Fri, 23 Mar 2001 22:56:54 -0600 (CST) "Gabe Thomas"
<CDANIELLE@prodigy.net> writes:
> I don't think it's to hard to picture (no psychedelics needed), I 
> imagine if
> Colocasia 'Black Magic' could be crossed with Alocasia (Colocasia?) 
> 'Hilo
> Beauty' it would look somewhat similar to the description. I know 
> Alocasia
> araceae is incorrect nomenclature, but that's how it was written in 
> the
> article. However, the improper nomenclature could be a typo or 
> confusion on
> the part of the writer. Anyway, is anyone familiar with Suwanee 
> Loboratories
> located in Florida? I can't find any reference to them online.
> Gabe
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Lester Kallus <lkallus@earthlink.net>
> To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
> Sent: Friday, March 23, 2001 1:24 PM
> Subject: Re: Alocasia araceae
> > From the description of this Alocasia, though, it sounds like 
> something
> > described by a college kid in the late 60s.  The individual who 
> witnessed
> > these splashes of lavender , yellow, white, and pink on its leaves 
> may
> have
> > been ingesting something other than giberillic acid.
> >           Les
> >
> > At 08:22 AM 3/23/2001 -0600, you wrote:
> > >Surely there is a simple explanation - the catalogue maker is not 
> too
> > >familiar with scientific nomenclature, and is just saying 
> "Alocasia
> > >(Araceae)" - giving the family name and not committing to any 
> further
> i.d.
> > >than the genus of the plant. [Note that I am refraining from any 
> snotty
> > >comment about people's unwillingness to become comfortable with
> scientific
> > >names.] derek
> >

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