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  Re: Spectacular Aroids #3
From: hesterc at niven.acpub.duke.edu (Clarence Hester) on 1997.08.25 at 15:01:59(1084)
>From Dewey's post:

> Xanthosoma sp. "Blackie" The Black one that everybody is talking
> about. The leaf is so black that it looks like black velour.

Have we been talking about a black Xanthosoma recently? I know there's
been a lot of discussion of Colocasia "black magic". Is the Xanthosoma
yet another black-leaved plant? As I mentioned several months ago, I
saw a Xanthosoma violacea at Kew Gardens that had almost black leaves
(huge ones, too), although what is sold as Xanthosoma violacea around
here always has green leaves. Incidentally, a friend of mine (not on
the list) told me about a recent program on one of those "home and
garden" t.v. shows. Seems they mentioned a *black caladium*, and were
recommending it for the home gardener. Is there a black caladium, a
black Xanthosoma, and a black colocasia (black magic), or are people
debating the correct name?

Clarence Hester

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