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  Alocasia araceae
From: "Gabe Thomas" CDANIELLE at prodigy.net> on 2001.03.21 at 14:19:05(6061)
In the March-April edition of Pond & Garden Magazine (published in USA)
there is an article titled "Hot Selling Aquatic Plants to Buy Early". One
suggested plant is Alocasia araceae, introduced by Suwanee Laboratories,
which is described as "a multi-colored taro, A. a., featuring splashes of
lavender , yellow, white, and pink in its leaves". Is anyone familiar with
this plant or Suwanee Laboratories? Can anyone provide information on how to
contact a distributor of this plant? Any help would be much appreciated.

Gabe Thomas

From: "Dany Hervelle" bs246466 at skynet.be> on 2001.03.23 at 04:20:31(6062)
Hello Gabe and list!
I don't know nothing about alocasia araceae,but if someone know i may be
really happy
From: "Derek Burch" derek at horticulturist.com> on 2001.03.23 at 14:22:39(6064)
Surely there is a simple explanation - the catalogue maker is not too
familiar with scientific nomenclature, and is just saying "Alocasia
(Araceae)" - giving the family name and not committing to any further i.d.
than the genus of the plant. [Note that I am refraining from any snotty
comment about people's unwillingness to become comfortable with scientific
names.] derek
From: StellrJ at aol.com on 2001.03.23 at 15:53:28(6065)
In a message dated 3/22/01 11:20:37 PM Eastern Standard Time,
bs246466@skynet.be writes:

<< I don't know nothing about alocasia araceae >>

From: Lester Kallus lkallus at earthlink.net> on 2001.03.23 at 21:24:39(6066)
From the description of this Alocasia, though, it sounds like something
described by a college kid in the late 60s. The individual who witnessed
these splashes of lavender , yellow, white, and pink on its leaves may have
been ingesting something other than giberillic acid.

From: "Gabe Thomas" CDANIELLE at prodigy.net> on 2001.03.24 at 04:56:54(6070)
I don't think it's to hard to picture (no psychedelics needed), I imagine if
Colocasia 'Black Magic' could be crossed with Alocasia (Colocasia?) 'Hilo
Beauty' it would look somewhat similar to the description. I know Alocasia
araceae is incorrect nomenclature, but that's how it was written in the
article. However, the improper nomenclature could be a typo or confusion on
the part of the writer. Anyway, is anyone familiar with Suwanee Loboratories
located in Florida? I can't find any reference to them online.


From: "John Presnell" jcpresnell at earthlink.net> on 2001.03.24 at 17:28:20(6071)
Haven't seen the article, but sounds like what some are selling as Colocasia 'Black Marble'. Suwannee Labs is a long established aquatic plant nursery in I think, Lake City FL. Was started by Don Bryne who has some hybridized lilies to his name, but if this plant is 'Black Marble', it originated at Fl Aquatic Nursery in Ft Lauderdale. To my knowledge, both operations are wholesale only.

I should have a few pups of Black Marble in a week or so, if you are interested let me know, and when they go forth and multiply, I'll get you one. I should also add, that I have spoken with a TC lab that attempted them and there is trouble with them reverting to C. illustris....at least in TC.


From: Dean Sliger deanslgr at juno.com> on 2001.03.24 at 17:29:01(6073)
Just tossing something out from left field, adding to the speculation
frenzy, but have we ruled out that the plant's not a Caladium? I know
many aroid-ers will huff and guffah at the idea, but to the "average"
person there isn't a lot of difference. Many gardening catalogues list
Alocasias and Colocasias as "elephant ear caladiums."

What someone needs to do is get their hands on a specimen of the plant in


From: "brian williams" pugturd50 at hotmail.com> on 2001.03.24 at 17:29:14(6074)
Hello It sounds to me to be a form of Alocasia with a variegation. Maybe
Plumbea or another form. Almost sounds like the Alocasia on this site.


From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.03.25 at 02:30:38(6077)
I too have been pondering the possabilities, and agree w/ Dean here in that
we need to SEE a specimen, this will be the proof of the pudding! At this
point everything is speculation!

Julius Boos

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