Steve, when I lived in Guyana I was told that the juice
of the stems of mucca-mucca Montrichardia
arborescens stops bleeding. John.
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Subject: [Aroid-l] aroids as medicines including againt snake bite!
I am curious if any of you know anything about the use of aroids as a
medicine. I have had a brief discussion with a friend in Ecuador about
the possibility the oxalates in the juices of some of some aroids counteracting
the venom of snakes.
Pete Boyce has a mention of this in his paper A review of Alocasia
(Araceae: Colocasieae) for Thailand including a novel species and new species
records from South-West Thailand in regard to Alocasia cucullata and my friend
in Ecuador explained Anthurium species and other aroids that "bleed"
white are used as an "ant-bite" while "clear bleeders" are
considered to be better against snakes. In Ecuador Caladium is also used by
the Shuar and jungle Kichua to treat snakebites.
Julius, since you are our resident expert on Caladium, tell us what you