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Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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Zantedeschia is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa from South Africa north to Malawi. The name of the genus was given as a tribute to Italian botanist Giovanni Zantedeschi (1773–1846) by the German botanist Kurt Sprengel (1766–1833).

The Zantedeschia are rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plants growing to 1-2.5 m tall with leaves 15–45 cm long. The inflorescence is a showy white, yellow or pink spathe shaped like a funnel with a yellow, central, finger-like spadix.

The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. “All parts of the plant are toxic, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhea.” However leaves are sometimes cooked and eaten. (info: Wikipedia)
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