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  Berry color of Colocasia esculenta
From: "Dr. Tom Croat" tcroat at LEHMANN.MOBOT.ORG> on 2000.01.03 at 14:43:43(3992)
Aroiders:

I prepared a description of Colocasia esculenta for the Flora of
Veracruz treatment of the Araceae but no collection that I saw, nor any
literature that I could find had any mention of berry color. I rarely see
it in flower and it may never get pollinated in these escaped from
cultivation areas where I have seen it. So if anyone has seen it with
berries I would appreciate knowing the berry color. Also if anyone sees
anything wrong with the description in other regards I would appreciate
hearing back from you. Another point which I would like to clear up is
the number of inflorescences that it bears per axil. I have one
observation that I made where there was only one inflorescence per leaf
axil but I am sure that it probably produces more.
Tom Croat

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.01.04 at 02:01:47(3993)
Dear Tom,

See Aroideana Vol. 8, No. 3, pg. 83---"Ripe taro fruits are yellow, small".
I have seen about three, maybe more inflorescences per leaf axil, and I will
keep my eyes open around where I work next summer, there are escaped
populations that ferquently bloom.
You describe one of the forms that do produce a tuber/tubers, but many do
not, and they only produce these long, thin stolons. There is also a
tuberous form which has started to turn up here in Florida imported from
Jamaica (I believe it is the same as the rare one we have in T`dad that we
refer to as 'Biche dasheen' [Biche is a small Eastern Village] or 'blue
metal', as the tuber cooks to a blue-gray color). It has tubers that look
like portions of a smooth tree trunk, and are sometimes 'forked' so that the
plant would have had two tops on one lower tuber, quite different from the
globular tubers with prominent circular leaf scars that are more common in
Super Markets around here, and which cook to a white color and are inferior
eating to the 'blue metal' tubers.
There is some good information on wild populations of Colocasia in the most
recent issue of Aroideana which has just arrived here, an excellent issue by
the way!!

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From: Eric Simpson crat at cris.com> on 2000.01.11 at 07:11:49(3997)
Julius,

I have two 4 year old plants that I originally received as C. esculenta. They
are tuberous rather than bulbous. Last year these were extremely floriferous
(at least as far as these plants have been) having at least 15 blooms per
plant. As I have read that C. escuelenta was not good about fertilizing, the
pollen was collected from each flower as available. By storing the pollen dry
until another bloom just opened, mixing the pollen with water and pouring
through the bloom, I was able to get about 100% fertilization. The berries I
got were red and are now awaiting planting. I didn't send the seeds to the AEG
exhange as I'm not 100% sure these are C. esculenta anymore.

Any way to determine if this really is C. esculenta?

Eric Simpson

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.01.12 at 11:54:40(3998)
Dear Eric,
If poss. check on the Aroid I.D. page, there is/was good photos of a
Colocasia esculenta plant (leaves were atypical in having a beautiful yellow
area in the center) and inflorescence, if not post a pic. of your plant`s
leaves and if poss. a bloom and we will be able to tell.
It may well be that Colocasia has both yellow AND red berries. I have seen
red berries in several Alocasia sps..
Cheers,
Julius

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