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  Alocasia fallax
From: "Nick Miller" <millern at wave.co.nz> on 1998.01.18 at 16:32:27(1846)
I recently purchased a plant labelled as Alocasia fallax. it looks
as though it may be fairly-small growing. Is there such a species,
or is it just the result of a nurseryman's imagination?

Nick Miller

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From: Don Burns <burns at mobot.org> on 1998.01.18 at 16:57:11(1847)
Nick,

According to Aroideana, vol.7, no.3 & 4, pages 137 & 158, A. fallax is
actually A. navicularis. The name A. fallax is considered to be invalid.

I was prompted to open Stearn when I saw this name because many years ago
I fractured a tiny bone called a tiny bone in my right hand, called a
"navicular". Stearn says this means "boat shaped". What do you see that
could be interpreted as boat shaped, a leaf, a spathe?

Don

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From: plantnut at shadow.net (Dewey Fisk) on 1998.01.18 at 17:36:58(1849)
Alocasia fallax Schott is supposed to be a syn. of A. navicularis C. Koch &
Bouche from Benl, Himalayas....... Thus acording to Aroideana, Vol. 7,
Nos. 3-4.

Lots of information thru the International Aroid Society!!!
Dewey

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From: Lester Kallus <lkallus at earthlink.net> on 1998.01.19 at 12:43:12(1854)
You'll be delighted to know that the intergalactic committee to keep
everyone confused on names has changed the name of the navicular bone in
the wrist to the scaphoid bone. I think it's the same committee that gets
together to change the names of bacteria and plant genera.

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From: plantnut at shadow.net (Dewey Fisk) on 1998.01.19 at 13:21:04(1855)
>You'll be delighted to know that the intergalactic committee to keep
>everyone confused on names has changed the name of the navicular bone in
>the wrist to the scaphoid bone. I think it's the same committee that gets
>together to change the names of bacteria and plant genera.

I have often told Dr. Croat that I think all of the Taxonomists get
together at Cocktail Parties and determine how they are going to screw up
the names....

Oh well.....
Dewey

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From: "Nick Miller" <millern at wave.co.nz> on 1998.01.20 at 16:20:52(1857)
Thanks to all those who provided information on Alocasia navicularis
(syn. A fallax). Glad to know that it really exists.

Nick Miller

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