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Cyrtosperma carrii, Cyrtosperma

Cyrtosperma carrii

Cyrtosperma
Family: Araceae
Origin: Papua New Guinea
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeKeep soil moistRegular waterUnusual colorThorny or spiny

Cyrtosperma carrii, Cyrtosperma


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Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro

Cyrtosperma merkusii

Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro
Family: Araceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticKeep soil moistEdiblePoisonous or toxicThorny or spiny

Robust to gigantic herb, up to 4 m tall, growing solitarily or in clumps. Rhizome short and slender to tuberous and very large, cylindrical, up to 2 m long and 0.6 m in diameter, sometimes globose, weighing up to 70 kg or even more, producing few to many suckers. Cyrtosperma merkusii used to be cultivated as a food crop in a manner similar to Taro (Colocasia). Since the unprocessed corms are toxic, they must always be cooked, usually in an earth oven.



Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro
Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro
Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro
Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro


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Cyrtosperma sp., Cyrtosperma

Cyrtosperma sp.

Cyrtosperma
Family: Araceae
Origin: Papua New Guinea
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticRegular waterUnusual colorIrritatingEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.EdibleThorny or spinyUltra tropical, min. temperature 55FFlood tolerantUnknown name

Cyrtosperma is a semiaquatic aroid. The stalks have spiny, and the large lobed leaves are green. Perfect for greenhouse culture. Suitable for bogs and water gardens. Cyrtosperma used to be cultivated as a food crop in a manner similar to Taro (Colocasia)The leaves are used as food wrapings or plate; whereas, the stem, tuber, is cooked and eaten in many ways.

This genus is very sensitive to cool weather and must be protected from even the cooler days when the temperature falls to around 60F with wind.

Araceae contain crystals of calcium oxalate and proteolytic enzyme, which are often cited as causing the intense irritation experienced when handling or consuming the raw plant tissue of many genera in the family.





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Dalbergia armata, Thorny Rope
Dalbergia armata seeds

Dalbergia armata

Thorny Rope
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: South Africa
Vine or creeperSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersThorny or spiny

This climber is distinctive by its thorns that grow from the stem. The flowers are small, white to cream, pea shaped and sweetly scented and produced from October to November. The fruit is a rather thin papery pod.



Dalbergia armata, Thorny Rope
Dalbergia armata seeds


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Desfontainea spinosa, Chilean False Holly

Desfontainea spinosa

Chilean False Holly
Family: Loganiaceae
Origin: Andes
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Thorny or spiny

This holly-like shrub is a native of the Andes mountains. In summer ut has showy red and yellow trumpet flowers. It prefers an acid, moist, peaty soil in some shade. It is only half-hardy in cold areas.





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