Acontias striatipes Schott
Caladium striatipes (K.Koch & C.D.BouchÃ©) Schott
Philodendron striatipes K.Koch & C.D.BouchÃ©
Xanthosoma striatipes is a perennial plant.
The corms and spadix are sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, and the plant is also occasionally cultivated for this purpose[
All parts of the plant contain calcium oxalate crystals. This substance is toxic fresh and, if eaten, makes the mouth, tongue and throat feel as if hundreds of small needles are digging in to them. However, calcium oxalate is easily broken down either by thoroughly cooking the plant or by fully drying it and, in either of these states, it is safe to eat the plant. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet[
S. America - Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and the Guyanas.
Seasonal wet places at the edges of forests.
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Like many species in the family Araceae, this plant has the ability to heat the flowering spadix as the pollen becomes ready for fertilization. This heat greatly increases the strength of the aroma released by the plant, thus attracting more pollinating insects. It can also have the effect of making the insects more active, thus increasing the level of fertilization[
]. See notes above on toxicity before eating the corm[
]. See notes above on toxicity before eating the leaves[
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