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Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia robusta & Colocasia gigantea

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia robusta & Colocasia gigantea
  • From: "David S." maui4me@charter.net
  • Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 23:30:42 -0400

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
To: <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2005 7:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia robusta & Colocasia gigantea

> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia robusta   Colocasia gigantea
> Dear Peter,
> Thanks for the information!   I had NO idea that the true Colocasia
> was edible, or cultivated as such!   Thanks!    Has anyone CONFIRMED that
> what is being called C. gigantea/hasu-imo is in fact this species, by
> examination of the blooms, etc., or is this plant just a larger cultivar
> Colocasia esculenta??
> David---I`d bet that the non- acrid Colocasia species is a VERY special
> cultivar!    No one should EVER mess w/ ANY Aroid species if they do not
> know exactly what they are doing, they will TEAR you up!
> Good Growing,
> Julius

Julius, the leaves are quite different than C. esculenta or it's edible taro
varieties.   This webpage shows exactly what I've got:

That website also has some great pictures of other aroids and unusual plants
in Yunnan, China.

David S.
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