Aroideana
Journal of the International Aroid Society, Inc.
Volume 21, Number 1 (1998); Pages 23-25
Fruit of Alocasia brisbanensis (F. M. Bailey) Domin ingested by the eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii) in Queensland
By Dorothy E. Shaw    
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ABSTRACT:

Some plants of the indigenous 'cunjevoi' [Alocasia brisbanensis (F.M. Bailey) Domin, formerly known in Australia as A. macrorrhiza, -rrhizos (L.) G. Do n] grow in a gully in a simulated rainforest at Indooroopilly near a bank of the Brisbane River and reach a height of about 8 feet (2.4 m) (Fig. 1). On 6 March 1998, during an inspection of the few remaining infructescences (fruiting heads) left on the plants after the current season, an Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii Gray lesueurit) was found eating the ripe, fleshy red berries still remaining on one of the fru iting heads.

   

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