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Re: [aroid-l] How to ID elephant ears

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] How to ID elephant ears
  • From: The Thaumaturgist asitkghosh@yahoo.com
  • Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2003 20:52:06 -0700 (PDT)

Alocasia indica and other Alocasias have green 
leaves with dull finish and their leaf tips point 
downward while Alocasia macrorrhiza has green leaves 
with glossy finish and the leaf tip points up. 
Is that a general rule?

--- Brian Williams <pugturd@alltel.net> wrote:
> It can be very hard at first to tell the groups apart.
> Manly these are 
> the more common and most likely to get confused.
> Colocasia  Soft leaves leaf tips almost always point
> down. Usually to 
> 6ft or more sending runners or growing from bulb.
> Alocasia Larger forms leaf tips point up. Leaves are
> thick   rarely 
> sends off runners
> Xanthosoma were the two lobes meet the leaf is not
> connected giving it a 
> more arrow shaped leaf. The leaves are thin and sap is
> usually white 
> manly grow from bulbs rarely runners if any.
> Caladium  soft leaves usually under 3ft tall. Most are
> brightly colored. 
> many plants will be growing off one bulb. Bulbs are
> usually yellow.
> A few uncommon ones are
> These if you are growing them you should know what you
> have most 
> resemble the ones above. A few are harder to tell apart
> than other. But 
> these are highly uncommon to find.
> Cyrtosperma
> chlorospatha
> Gonatanthus
> Remusatia
> Steudnera
> Over all I would say the best way to know these and other
> aroids is to 
> grow them. I remember asking Dewey how he could tell a
> philo from a 
> anthurium. Now that I have collected them and grown them,
> I can spot one 
> in a nursery window at 400 yards while doing 60 in the
> car. :>)

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