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From: "FrankBln" f_h_bln at gmx.net> on 2005.05.11 at 16:31:49(12931)
Dear Members,

some months ago (in Feb 2005) i bought some tubers of
a ?black Taro? on ebay.de. The seller said that this one is a giant
species?.Here is a link with a photo of an adult plant from the seller:


Can anyone tell what species it is? I thought
that it could be a cultivar or variety of Colocasia esculenta.
The tuber sprouted well. It has produced two
shoots out of one rhizome. The only thing I wonder is that each shoot only
holds three leaves at once. When the fourth leave is developing the oldest
one dies off. Is this a sign of lack of fertilizer. When planting the
rhizome I added Osmocote (15-11-11) + trace elements into the
substrate. Two months ago I transplanted it into a huge pot (old pot was
far too small) adding Osmocote again. Should I fertilize it again?

Thanks a lot for your



From: criswick at spiceisle.com (criswick) on 2007.09.28 at 11:09:12(16352)
In my opinion the depiction is merely inaccurate in portraying a taro leaf
(Colocasia) because the artist was working more from memory than life. The
pineapple top and coconut trees are similarly memorized.

So it is a generalized image, like the term "Elephant Ear", and may have
suggestions of Xanthosoma as well as of Colocasia.

John Criswick

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