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From: Hort.doc at att.net (Mark McCauley) on 2008.08.08 at 13:43:19(18353)
I started growing tubers and bulbs I find in oriental markets. One I bought
recently was labeled "Nge Vang". I figured with the range of experience and
location of the folks on here, someone might know what it is. Now that it
has emerged, it looks somewhat like a calla, or perhaps a canna. Any ideas?
Thanks-
mark in denver

From: abri1973 at wp.pl (Marek Argent) on 2008.08.08 at 23:29:57(18356)
But where is the photo?

Marek

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From: LLmen at wi.rr.com (Don Martinson) on 2008.08.09 at 07:03:54(18357)
Your plant is Nghe Vang = Curcuma longa = turmeric It's in the ginger
family.

Don Martinson

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From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2009.11.16 at 14:01:28(20301)

Hello,

I've got an ID request, the person asks if it may be an aroid.

In this phase and condition it seems to be impossible what plant it is.

Plants of the Araceae produce roots just below the leaf bud.

This one has no roots at all, it can be the top of an aroid tuber,

but it can also belong to any bulbous plants like Tulipa or Hyacinthus

What do you think?

Marek

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From: "Sherry Gates" <TheTropix at msn.com> on 2009.11.16 at 20:16:55(20309)
Hi everone,

I don't know, but my first thought is a banana tree that was cut rather close with a shovel. Is that a possibility? Is there any info at all about its' origins?

Good luck, Sherry

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From: Susan B <honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2009.11.17 at 10:03:53(20318)
It doesn't look like any of the bulbous Aroids to me...
Susan

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From: "Ertelt, Jonathan B" <jonathan.ertelt at Vanderbilt.Edu> on 2009.11.17 at 17:03:24(20320)
Marek,

I think that the piece of plant material in question whould be cleaned,
especially the bottom surface. If it's a bulb it will be clearly evident
that it's been cut through. If it's a corm or a tuber that will be more
apparent as well. Hope that this helps.

Jonathan

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From: "Sherry Gates" <TheTropix at msn.com> on 2009.11.18 at 11:50:21(20329)
Hi Marek, and everyone,

I had read the original message, maybe mis-read because it seemed, to me, like there is really no clue as to it's identity ("presumable a Araceae" sounded like a stab-in-the-dark guess & "The plant arrived from the UK. This all I know". sounds like they really have no idea of what this is)

I'd never try to outguess the experts, which I am certainly not, so I suppose I shouldn't even have made a possible suggestion as to its ID. I was going by the appearance of the emerging leaf (folded) & the look of the bulb/corm w/dead leaves attached which (still) resembles a banana tree base that has been cut through (I've seen lots of those! lol). I understand that the appearance isn't always a definitive identifier, but it is after all, all we have to go by at this point. That's why I asked if that was a possibility.

Take care and have a great week,

Sherry

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