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From: Gary Meltzer <kathann1 at tsoft.com> on 1998.09.03 at 13:35:19(2570)
I have a purple stemmed "taro" that I collected from a creek in Santa Cruz,
CA, about 4 months ago. The owner of the property was uncertain of the
origin of these plants or of their names. They were growing in about
12"-24" of slow moving water and had become rather invasive; an annual
event I understand. At home, I potted them in 12" pots were they grew
within 6 weeks to about 4'-5' high and produced a goldish inflorescence
that was quite beautiful. Every 4 days or so, another flower would emerge
from just above the origin of the preceding flower's source. Of the four
plants that are potted, three of them produced 4 flowers in this way. At
this time, it looks like two of them have set seed as they are not wilting
and beginning to swell.

If I send a photo(s) of these, will someone identify them for me? If the
seeds do develope, I can send them to Aroidiana for distribution. Thank
you, Gary

From: alistair_hay_at_po-sydney at rbgsyd.gov.au on 1998.09.03 at 21:18:23(2571)
Sounds like Colocasia esculenta `Fontanesii'

Alistair Hay

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From: Clarence Hester <hesterc at leguin.acpub.duke.edu> on 1998.09.04 at 07:20:36(2572)
Gary Meltzer wrote:
>
> I have a purple stemmed "taro" that I collected from a creek in Santa Cruz,
they grew
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From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 1998.09.06 at 10:04:53(2578)
>>I have a purple stemmed "taro" that I collected from a creek in Santa
Cruz,
CA, about 4 months ago. The owner of the property was uncertain of the
origin of these plants or of their names. They were growing in about
12"-24" of slow moving water and had become rather invasive; an annual
event I understand. At home, I potted them in 12" pots were they grew
within 6 weeks to about 4'-5' high and produced a goldish inflorescence
that was quite beautiful. Every 4 days or so, another flower would emerge
from just above the origin of the preceding flower's source. Of the four
plants that are potted, three of them produced 4 flowers in this way. At
this time, it looks like two of them have set seed as they are not wilting
and beginning to swell.

If I send a photo(s) of these, will someone identify them for me? If the
seeds do develope, I can send them to Aroidiana for distribution. Thank

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From: Tom and Ann Kline TomAnnKline at worldnet.att.net> on 2001.05.18 at 07:33:16(6504)
Hi everybody, I just received a 'pup' of a 'pup' from a plant Alocasia
atrovirens discarded when they dismantled the U.S. Botanic Garden in
Washington, D.C. a few years ago prior to the rebuilding the old
building. A quick check of my primary source of information, The New
Royal Horitcultural Society 'Dictionary of Gardening' doesn't list it
either in the plant w/descriptions or the extra listing of plants and
synomyms. The plant is still a pup with rather small sagittate leaves
partially splotched and edged with a creamy-yellow. I understand that
parent plant had huge leaves. According to Stearns 'Dictionary of Plant
Names for Gardeners' 'atro' means dark, and these juvenile leave are
really quite dark green. I would appreciate any information.
Ann E. Kline
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From: "Dany Hervelle" bs246466 at skynet.be> on 2001.05.19 at 20:21:35(6524)
Hello to all
For me your plant is a xanthosoma (xanthosoma atrovirens),this species have
a variety with white lign in the leaves (i think xan.atrovirens albo
lineatum)

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