I had the opportunity to attend the International Aroid Society (IAS) Show and Sale
this past weekend in Miami, FL. I had a great time and saw a lot of cool plants.
The term "aroid" is in reference to plants of Family Araceae, which are characterized by blooms comprised of a hood like spathe enclosing or surrounding a cigar-shaped spadix. Tow very popular kinds of aquarium plants, members of the genera Anubias
, are aroids. Araceae includes many other interesting semi-aquatic plants, such as certain Spathiphyllum
and various taros.
The IAS society members at the show were all very friendly and had a great deal of knowledge about aroids and other plants. The group has a pretty active and information-packed email list-serve, Aroid-L
, which is also a friendly forum. I highly recommend checking out the IAS site. It is a great organization to join if you like plants.
, an emergent aquatic aroid.