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  The Myth and the Truth About Alocasia Amazonica By John
From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2009.11.16 at 08:54:50(20299)
Below are the facts about theorigination of Alocasia Amazonica as related by long time InternationalAroid Society member John
Banta. For those that are not unacquainted with the names in John'sinformation these are some of the original founders of
the IAS. John is considered somewhat "legendary" as a grower and hasoften been lovingly known as "The Banta". In addition,
although not mentioned in John's piece, both John and I want to creditJulius Boos for his input. Julius has tried for years to correct themisconceptions about this plant. If there is a living legendary figurein the IAS other than John it would be Julius!

I now realize as aresult of thehelp of many of you what we know as Alocasia Amazonica is likely avariety of hybrid plants, not necessarily the original as Johndescribes. Some have a velvet appearance while others do not sodifferent parents must be involved.

Still, I can't figure out why the plant is credited to EdouardF André on the NationalBotanic Garden of Belgium website. Someone in Europe that can hasaccess to their records is going to have to explain that part.

Steve

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From: ExoticRainforest <Steve at exoticrainforest.com> on 2009.11.16 at 09:53:25(20300)
The myth just got worse!

I was digging to learn more about the parents and found both Alocasiawatsoniana Hort. and Alocasia sanderiana Hort. are horticultural namesaccording to the International Plant Names Index! I know Alocasiawatsoniana is truly Alocasia longiloba but what is sanderiana?

Steve

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