Common name: Cunjevoi
Botanical name: Alocasia brisbanensis, Alocasia macrorrhizos
Other common names: –
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.