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  Re:Caladium lindenii
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.13 at 00:48:54(5065)
>My two cents worth.... Xanthosoma lindenii... is not really a Xanthosoma.
Dr. M. Madison put it into Caladium years ago. This might help you with
the culture. Treat it as a Caladium.

Dear Friends,

'Caladium' lindenii is based on the pollen being shed in monads vs. being
shed in tetrads as in Xanthosoma, and is the present basis for this somewhat
enigmatic Aroid being placed into the genus Caladium, as against it being
assigned to Xanthosoma or some other genus of Aroid. It does not form a
tuber, instead it forms a somewhat woody, thin rhizome with a hard, rough
'bark'-like outer covering, quite different to any species of Caladium OR
Xanthosoma I have so far come across! In this feature it reminds me of the
growth habit of Homalomena picturatum! This lack of a tuber or fleshy
rhizome prevents me from treating it (or even thinking of it!) like any of
my more 'regular' Caladiums! I confess that I can`t get the thing to do
ANYTHING for me!

Perhaps in time a change may be made in it`s genitic assignment, but for
now it will remain assigned to the genus Caladium, but what an odd-ball



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