Welcome to the European Aroid Society

The mottled inflorescence of Colletogyne perrieri Buchet, a tuberous aroid from Madagascar. Photo by Nils Weessies.
Galantharum kishii P.C.Boyce & S.Y.Wong from Borneo. Photo by Peter Boyce.
Cross section of the inflorescence of Ambrosina bassii european aroid society
Cross section of the inflorescence of Ambrosina bassii L. Photo by Josef Bogner.
Ulearum donburnsii Croat & Feuerstein from South America. The filiform (hair-like) staminodes likely help to attract pollinators by spreading odour. Photo by Nils Weessies.
Callopsis volkensii Engl. from Africa. Photo by Nils Weessies.
Lysichiton americanus Hultén & H.St.John from North America. Photo by Fred Muller.

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We are pleased to announce our new pin to add to your collection! Make sure to sign up or renew your EAS membership, as you will receive one of these beauties in the mail! Starting now, we will reveal a new collectible pin every year. Missed out on our original pin? The old pins will still be available in our shop (while stocks last). Our first year has been a great success with over 700 aroid aficionados from all over joining us to share the passion of the aroid family. Want to be the first one to hear about new events, articles and talks? Join or renew today!
 
About the pin:
Kindly designed by Min Lee for the EAS, it features the little-known aroid Gearum brasiliense, found only in Brazil. It’s a seasonally dormant tuberous geophyte occurring in annually flooded savannahs. The large spicily scented blooms appear before the pedate leaves emerge. The species was first collected in October 1828 by William J. Burchell, although the exact locality remained unclear. In 1996 Josef Bogner using, as it turned out, an inaccurate interpretation of Burchell’s fieldnotes tried to locate Gearum but failed. Then, a few years later a specimen collected in 1978 but for decades mis-filed as a Xanthosoma, was located in a Brazilian herbarium and based on this new information Josef was able to bring living plants into cultivation for the first time! The story about Gearum perfectly encapsulates the inexhaustible passion for aroids Josef Bogner had, with the pin serving as an homage to him as the greatest modern European aroider, one who is dearly missed.
 
Note: The pin is also available for purchase in the shop.

EAS turned 1 on June 27th! We reached over 700 members and feel so grateful for this enormous support from aroid enthusiasts all over the world! We have managed to organise 3 in-person events as well as a few online lectures in the past year, and this is only the beginning. The future holds many more events across Europe, opportunities to meet and share and learn from each others experience. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for any comment or any idea that you would like to share with us, this society is yours before anything. Thank you all. We look forward to hearing from you!

Don’t forget to renew your membership to receive the new membership gift!

EAS spring event: EAS Meise Garden Visit

We’re excited to finally announce our spring event! Join us on Saturday 30th of April in Meise, Belgium for an exclusive visit of the botanical gardens. We’ll organise guided tours, a special preview, visit to the herbarium & more. 30 places available, a ticket will cost 25€ pp and includes garden entry, coffee and lunch at the garden. Sign up opens this Sunday 20th March 2022! For members only.

This event is only open to members. You must able to present a EU Digital COVID Certificate or similar, wearing a mask is mandatory in closed spaces such as greenhouses.

See here for more info or click the banner!

First EAS in person event: EAS Social Lyon!

We’re excited to announce our first in-person event! Join us on Friday 29th of October in Lyon, France to explore Europe’s largest aroid collection together with other aroiders. There will be guided visits, aroid talks and a plant swap, all set in the gorgeous botanical garden of Lyon. Spaces are limited due to COVID restrictions, so don’t miss out! 30 people max, sign up opens next Sunday 3rd October at 9:00 pm GMT+2.

This event is only open to members. You must able to present a EU Digital COVID Certificate or similar, wearing a mask is mandatory in closed spaces such as greenhouses.

See here for more info or click the banner!

October Aroid Pop-Up in Alnarp, Sweden
The people from @plantthatplant are organizing an in-person aroid pop up with sales and lectures at the Swedish Agricultural University in Sweden. Several great Swedish vendors will be selling a large range of aroids! The society will be present with merch and our Swedish country rep, Robin Deniz, will be giving a talk on Anthurium pollination. Other speakers include well-known Monstera expert Marco Cedeño Fonseca and the legendary Marc Gibernau from France who will talk about wild aroid pollination! There will also be an auction where you can bid on some real aroid gems.

Tickets are €20 and proceeds of the event and auction will be donated to support our society, so grab them while you can!

Buy your tickets through here or follow the link:
https://aroid-pop-up.confetti.events/

September Online Aroid Talk: Fantastic Aroids And How to Identify Them
*DATE CHANGED TO SUNDAY 26TH OF SEPTEMBER*
We’re proud to announce the first of multiple exciting events coming up this autumn!
Where the jungles of Borneo in our last talk was about genus diversity, the neotropics have the most species! Together Anthurium and Philodendron consist of thousands of species, likely more than half of all aroids together! But just what exactly makes a Philodendron, a Philodendron? Or how can you be sure your plant is an Anthurium instead? Join us Saturday 25th of September at 4 PM GMT +2 on Zoom to hear online aroid legend Siddharth Naveenachandran answer these and other questions, asked by YOU!

Follow this link or click on the button to learn more about this interactive talk (members only).

44th IAS Annual Show and Sale
On the weekend of September 11-12, the annual show and sale event of the International Aroid Society will be held at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Florida, USA. This is one of the most important aroid events of the year, with aroiders coming to Florida from all over the globe! Acclaimed aroid botanist Orlando Ortiz will be the featured speaker at the banquet, talking about the micro-endemic aroids of Panama.

Join the International Aroid Society here. If you want to learn more about the annual show and sale of the IAS on their website here or purchase tickets on Fairchild’s website here!

On The Ledge podcast episode
A few weeks ago, our Honorary President Peter Boyce was invited on the popular On The Ledge podcast by Jane Perrone. In episode 193, Peter talked with Jane about our newly-formed society and what aroids are. Moreover they discussed how to mature climbing aroids on wood, some exciting new taxonomic insights and featured a very special vanilla-smelling aroid from Borneo.

Listen to the podcast here or follow this link: https://www.janeperrone.com/on-the-ledge/aroids-peter-boyce

An exciting first event!
On Saturday July 17th, it was time for the first of our aroid talks. None other than our Honorary President, Peter Boyce, guided us through the jungles of Asia in search of aroids! You can rewatch the talk here!

Peter Boyce (1964) is an aroid botanist who, together with his wife Wong Sin Yeng, has dedicated the larger part of the last two decades to understanding the taxonomy of enigmatic Asian aroids, describing hundreds of new species in the process. Not only a renowned scientist, Peter is also a skilled nurseryman and takes care of their scientific collection of 3000 living plants on Borneo, most of which are grown no where else in the world!

The mottled inflorescence of Colletogyne perrieri Buchet, a tuberous aroid from Madagascar. Photo by Nils Weessies.
Galantharum kishii P.C.Boyce & S.Y.Wong from Borneo. Photo by Peter Boyce.
Cross section of the inflorescence of Ambrosina bassii european aroid society
Cross section of the inflorescence of Ambrosina bassii L. Photo by Josef Bogner.
Ulearum donburnsii Croat & Feuerstein from South America. The filiform (hair-like) staminodes likely help to attract pollinators by spreading odour. Photo by Nils Weessies.
Callopsis volkensii Engl. from Africa. Photo by Nils Weessies.
Lysichiton americanus Hultén & H.St.John from North America. Photo by Fred Muller.