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  'Ocumo', local aroid name.
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.11.19 at 15:57:00(7833)
Dear Friends,

A request---I am searching desperately for references to the word 'ocumo'
used as a local name for an aroid rhizome/tuber, I KNOW that I have read it
and/or heard it used recently, but for the life of me can not find it in any

From: "Cooper, Susan L." SLCooper at scj.com> on 2001.11.19 at 16:31:02(7836)
Hi Julius,
I looked up "ocumo" on the google search engine and got:
It is all in Spanish but said Xanthosoma sagittifolium.


From: "Donald Burns" donburns at macconnect.com> on 2001.11.19 at 17:01:22(7837)

Point your browser at http://www.altavista.com and search for ocumo. There
are several hundred listings for this word. I hope your Spanish is good!


From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2001.11.19 at 23:10:46(7842)
Dear Julius,

As far as I know, ocumo is the name of Xanthosoma plants in Venezuela.
George Bunting cite this name in his treatment of the Venezuelan
aroids(Bunting, 1979, Sinopsis de las Araceae de Venezuela, Rev. Fac. Agron.
Maracay, 10(1-4):139-290), but I have also seen this name elsewhere. It is
usually used for Xanthosoma sagittifolium, but you will also find the name
"ocumo chino" (or chinese "ocumo") for Colocasia esculenta. Unfortunately, I
do not know the origin of the name.

Very best wishes,


Eduardo G. Goncalves

From: "Eduardo Goncalves" edggon at hotmail.com> on 2001.11.19 at 23:10:59(7843)
Dear Julius,

This is me again. Take a look at this site:


From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2001.11.20 at 02:11:45(7844)
Dear Eduardo,

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for, thanks to you, Don and Mark for your
help. This web-page answers ALL of the questions I had. Thanks again!



From: elizabeth at begoniac.com on 2001.11.20 at 17:14:51(7845)
On Mon, 19 November 2001, "Eduardo Goncalves" wrote:

> Dear Julius,
> This is me again. Take a look at this site:
> >http://noticias.eluniversal.com/cocina/coci27_0299.htm
> There are some interesting information about the "ocumo", including the
> origin of name. It is in Spanish, but since you knowledge in this language
> is better than mine, there will be no problem for you.
> Very best wishes,
> Eduardo.

Very interesting the ethnobotanical uses of ocumo described at the end of that article. Has anyone on the list ever tried it for asthma, chronic catarrh or snakebite? Has anyone ever used any other aroid medicinally? Does anyone know how to get the book on indigenous medicine, by Ger?nimo Pompa, which was mentioned?

Elizabeth Mateus

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