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Old 09-21-2009, 11:08 PM   #1
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International Aroid Society


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 and Cryptocoryne, are aroids. Araceae includes many other interesting semi-aquatic plants, such as certain Spathiphyllum, Lasia, Zantedeschia 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.

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Colocasia fallax, an emergent aquatic aroid.
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:06 AM   #2
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Seriously, do check out the International Aroid Society if you haven't followed the link there yet. It really is a cool organization. Participation in the group offers the opportunity to meet the really friendly members and see acquire rare and unique aroid plants.

Here is a picture of the garden pond there at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, which is where the IAS holds its show & sale every year. There is an emergent aquatic aroid, Lasia spinosa (arrow) growing in the pond.



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Old 09-25-2009, 06:41 PM   #3
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cool stuff,

at first i thought Aroid meant

Alex Rodriguez, Arod + steroids = Aroid
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:24 PM   #4
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That's funny you say that because I have more than once caught myself almost saying "my roids" in reference to my aroid plants.

There are a lot of pretty cool aroid plants. Here is one of my emersed-grown Anubias barteri. I like this plant a lot.

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Old 10-03-2009, 05:53 AM   #5
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Here I am again with another plug for the International Aroid Society. Participation in this organization is a great way to find rare plants. Here is a shot of the Cryptocoryne affinis that I scored during the auction that weekend of the IAS Show and Sale.

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:00 PM   #6
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A lot of aroids have quite attractive leaves. Here is a recent shot of the 'Silver Dollar' taro that I was growing in my 65-gallon tank.



You can see to the left of the leaf a couple of spathes. The spathe of this plant is rather dull and not much to look at.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:00 PM   #7
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Hey y'all, if you like plants, then do check out the International Aroid Society website, and consider becoming an IAS member.

Aroid.org

It's a cool organization, and aroids are cool plants. Look at this crazy Cryptocoryne. It looks like it came from outer space.

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Old 11-14-2009, 09:03 PM   #8
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Cool, I never realized that crypts and anubias were so similar.
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:23 PM   #9
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Yep, they are both in Family Araceae, the aroid family. Lagenandra is also an aroid. I can't think of too many other aquarium aroids, but there are a number of strange and beautiful semi-aquatic aroids that grow as marginals or emergents in swamps or along river banks. Here is the unusual Cyrtosperma johnstonii.



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Old 04-09-2010, 02:36 AM   #10
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Hey everybody be sure to check out the International Aroid Society, your link to strange and beautiful aroid plants.

The MidAmerica IAS Chapter now has a Facebook page.

MidAmerica IAS Chapter.

They have a meeting coming up at the end of the month at the Missouri Botanical Garden--I wish that I could attend.

Below, the stunning leaf of the semi-aquatic aroid, Cyrtosperma johnstonii, that is growing in my 50-gallon riparium setup.

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Old 04-27-2010, 03:15 AM   #11
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The IAS MidAmerica Chapter held their second annual at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. It sounds as though it was a great success and a lot of fun. I wish that I could have gone. Oh well, I will do my best to go next year.

Here is the link to the International Aroid Society Facebook page.

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Old 05-13-2010, 02:40 AM   #12
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This is a bump for the IAS. Check it out if you haven't been to their site yet.

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Botany is cool!
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:48 AM   #13
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Hey Devin, are you going to the annual show again this year? I finally got around to joining the IAS a couple weeks ago and can't wait till I get this year's Aroideana journal.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:00 AM   #14
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My nearest IAS Texas chapter is in Fort Worth. My hometown. I moved 200 miles south to Austin 6 years ago for work. Doh!

Same with various APE's. DFW has one, so does Houston and San Antonio. El Paso, Brownsville and Corpus freakin' Christi have such societies but not the capitol of Texas, Austin. Austin, which is supposed to be weird, cool, fun and the definitive source of all that is enlightened and worldly in the Lone Star State. Pfui !

I need to move back home or KyleT can rally the rest of the troops that he knows are here in Austin. Here's to hoping !

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Old 08-10-2010, 03:39 AM   #15
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I hope that I can make it to either the Show & Sale or the Mid-America meeting this fall, but it is already getting so late and it's difficult to budget. Where did the summer go? I understand that the Mid-America meeting is going to be in Fort Worth in October. Is that right? Here is the IAS Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/South-...y/291094100787

Hey Adam you will really like Aroideana a lot. If you want a real mind-blowing experience then see if you can find a library with the back issues going way back.
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