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  Colloquial vs scientific names
From: Don Martinson llmen at wi.rr.com> on 2002.04.25 at 18:48:18(8638)
>Thanks for all the extra research on the part of all the Suranoslueths! My
>local indian marts had, besides edoes and things that looked like
>Xanthosomas, a suran lookalike called "ratalu". Any ideas?
>Bonaventure

Here is a site that attempts to give some equivalence between
colloquial names and botanical names

http://www.winphatak.com/gazetteer/agriculture020.htm

It seems to have its share of mispellings and taxonomic inaccuracies,
however. They say that "ratalu" is Convolvulus batatas (= Dioscorea
batatas?), but I wouldn't think that would look too much like a
suran. Perhaps the "rajalu" fits this bill?

--
Don Martinson

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.26 at 08:01:29(8645)
According to this site, 'ratalu' is the common tropical sweet-potato!
These are commonly available at all local groceries here in Florida, called
'camote' by Latins. They have purple SKINS, but the flesh is grayish
white, not orange like the common N. American variety of sweet potato or
'yams' served at Thanksgiving.
GOOD eating! I will check on the Indian name for the canned, purple
FLESHED Yam (Dioscorea sp.) when next I visit my Indian Grocery!

Julius.

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From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2002.04.26 at 16:54:40(8656)
----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 9:48 PM
Subject: Re: Colloquial vs scientific names

OK---sorry for the misinformation (below) , but that site is INCORRECT---I
went to my Indian grocery, and 'ratalu' is in fact the Dioscorea sp. w/ the
violet flesh, they even have it in cans. Lots of other names on the site
are very old and/or incorrect! The shop keeper tole me the purple-skinned
sweet potato is called 'bonato' in his area of India, a 'take off' on the
name for it in Latin America whixch is spelt the same but pronounced with
the ~ above the n, making the 'enyay' sound.

Julius

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From: Piabinha at aol.com on 2002.04.26 at 20:29:12(8658)
In a message dated 4/26/2002 7:55:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, ju-bo@msn.com writes:

The shop keeper tole me the purple-skinned
sweet potato is called 'bonato' in his area of India, a 'take off' on the
name for it in Latin America whixch is spelt the same but pronounced with
the ~ above the n, making the 'enyay' sound.

it's boniato or batatas (Ipomoea).

tsuh yang in NY

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