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Plants and mushrooms

Cunjevoi

Cunjevoi plant close up of fruit of the Cunjevoi close up of a flower of the Cunjevoi close up of a leaf of the Cunjevoi
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 Common name   Cunjevoi
 Botanical name   Alocasia brisbanensis, Alocasia macrorrhizos
 Other common names   -
Family   Araceae
 General description   These two native species are very similar in appearance. They grow to 2.5m high with large fleshy leaves and thick fleshy rootstock and stems, which can be semi-prostrate.
Flowers   The perfumed flowers consist of a greenish cream coloured spathe, which is pointed at the tip and open along one side, enclosing a central yellow spike.
Leaves   The leaves are shiny, dark green and fleshy, 30–100cm long, heart-shaped at the base and narrowed to a blunt tip.
 Fruit/Berries   The fruit are red berries 8–15mm long, ovoid shaped and clustered along the spike.
Other   The sap is clear.
Symptoms   If any part of the plant is eaten or chewed, it can cause immediate pain, burning sensation and swelling of the lips, tongue and mouth. A feeling of local numbness may follow. A few deaths have been reported in children who have eaten leaves or roots. The sap can be extremely irritating to the eyes.
Toxicity category   2, 3
Warning   Seek urgent medical attention if lips or tongue become swollen or if there is difficulty breathing or swallowing.


Last Updated: 24 August 2010
Last Reviewed: 31 October 2008