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  Care when mowing down unwanted elephant ears
From: <hcward416 at comcast.net> on 2004.07.12 at 10:38:55(11738)
Yesterday I was mowing down a clump of extremely wet elephant ears that
produce runners underground and was going to spray them with roundup
afterwards. The lawnmower blower got clogged and after stopping the machine
I laid down on the ground and reached under mower to clean out the
clippings. I forgot that elephant ears are loaded with oxalic acid. As a
result my arms and legs are on fire and have been since yesterday. It was
like being stung with thousands of red ants. I will not be doing that
From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2004.07.12 at 16:24:54(11743)
>Reply-To: aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu
>Subject: [aroid-l] Care when mowing down unwanted elephant ears
>Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 12:38:55 -0500

Dear Barbara,
I am sorry to hear of your misfortune. What 'elephant ear' was it, a Philodendron, Alocasia, Colocasia or Xanthosoma?? ALL may have this effect, but the only one that once 'got' to me was the leaves of the common (here in Florida) Philodendron 'selloum', I was pruning the old leaves and in a couple of hours my chest and arms were on fire!

From: "Bryant, Susan L." <SLBryant at scj.com> on 2004.07.15 at 12:09:28(11761)
Thanks for the warning, but living in our zone 5, I can't imagine having to
mow down elephant ears- sometimes we struggle through winters and spider
mites just to keep them alive!

I'm sorry to hear of your pain, Barbara, but I do have to admit to
snickering a bit! The thought of laying down in that to clean out you
mower- sounds like something I would do!

Of course, I AM a bad seed- I also laughed when my mother found a brown
liquid spilled in her purse. When she held it to her nose and sniffed, only
to find it was pepper spray, that was bad. But when she scratched her nose,
rubbed her eye, and wiped the side of her mouth.... well yeah, I guess it
isn't funny.....

From: <hcward416 at comcast.net> on 2004.07.15 at 14:52:08(11763)
Very funny Susan. You are bad!!!! Your mother must really love you for
laughing. I am fine now.
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