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  Aroids on Currency
From: "mossytrail" mossytrail at hctc.com> on 2006.02.26 at 14:53:02(13896)
A couple of years ago, I was in Brunei Darussalam for a
couple of days (too bad I didn't get to see any of its rain
forests!). On Brunei's banknotes, on the obverse is
(naturally) the portrait of the sultan to the right, and an
image of a local plant to the left. On the reverse is a
tropical rain forest scene. I noticed that the keladi lanut
(purple leaved forest yam) depicted on the 10-ringgit note
looked a lot like an Aroid. After a web search using the
keyword: forest yam, I came up with a possible
identification as Alocasia zebrina. Images of that species
on the web do look like the one on the banknote, but I did
not see any with purple leaves. Here is a link to a site
showing Brunei currency; see if you concur with the i.d.:
http://www.polymernotes.org/country_pages/BRN.htm

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From: Brian Williams pugturd at alltel.net> on 2006.02.26 at 15:23:14(13897)
It looks to be a Alocasia lowii form possibly longloba or similar.
Either case I have not seen any alocasias with purple tubers Xanthosoma
has some bright pinkish colored ones. I have seen aroids on many stamps
but not much in currency but rarely to I see currency from tropical
regions.
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From: "Abrimaal" abrimaal at wp.pl> on 2006.03.05 at 05:50:16(13905)
ALocasia longiloba?

Marek

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