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International Aroid Society

The International Aroid Society (IAS) began on June 18, 1977 as a non-profit organization, when 17 Aroid enthusiasts met at the home of Bette Waterbury in Miami, FL. The objective of the society is to study Aroids and to stimulate interest in these plants.

Currently, the society has an active membership of 1,334 people from all over the world. We offer four newsletters a year, a journal subscription, and access to much, much more. All while supporting Aroid research and education.

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What is an aroid?

Aroid is the common name for members of the Araceae family of plants, sometimes known as the Philodendron or Arum family. The occasionally beautiful and often bizarre combination of spathe and spadix called the inflorescence, sometimes referred to as a "flower", is a distinguishing feature of all aroids.

About the event

This year will be our 47th annual event and we’ve rebranded it as International Aroid Society’s Tropical Plant Expo, in order to be a more inclusive event. This year will be our first year hosting at Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center in Miami, FL. Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Center is a prominent venue with 49,000 sq ft of indoor space. This will give us the ability to include many more types of vendors than ever before. We will also be hosting dinner, drinks, a speaking engagement and auction for attendees at our Saturday night social event.

IAS Tropical Plant Expo

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