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Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 11:04:58, -0500
Subject: new unfamiliar plant
Stumbled on your website through a search on Yahoo and was wondering
if you could help me.
I am just "venturing" into the world of ponds and bought a plant that
"looked" to be a member of the Taro family. No one at the store that
I boought it at knew what it was or how to grow it, but it was
labeled with a scientific name..Alocasia Amazonica.
After some research, I did discover that it was in fact a member of
the Taro family and was a "shallow" marginal plant I could use in my
Could you tell me something more about this plant? Is it tuberous?
Someone said the juice of the plant is poisonous, if so should i be
concerned, I own pets and have a grandchild? How would I grow it in
I remember from things I have seen on TV, that Taro is grown in water
and that the Hawiaans use it for a food source. Correct?
I was attracted to it by its rather "baazar" looks and would like to
see if I can be sucessful with growing it.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Missouri Botanical Garden
P. O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299, USA