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  Xanthosoma indica?
From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2009.04.02 at 17:22:58(19220)

Hello,

I have a new stamp (see the attachment), the plant is named there Xanthosoma indica.

I think it is Alocasia indica or maybe A. macrorrhizos

What do you think?

Best,

Marek Argent

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From: Peter Boyce <phymatarum at googlemail.com> on 2009.04.04 at 15:33:09(19222)
Hi Marek,

Bit styalized...my guess would be Xanthosoma rather thanAlocasia...

Pete

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From: <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2009.04.06 at 03:34:36(19224)
Dear Marek,

Pete is most probably correct, stamps are VERY unreliable w/ their art-work, I`d like to see the stamp, can you send a photo to me please??

Julius

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From: "John Criswick" <criswick at spiceisle.com> on 2009.04.08 at 05:50:31(19226)
The plant has Xanthosoma written all over it, and aren’tall Xanthosomas tropical American? The name X. indica therefore must be animpossibility. John.

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From: <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2009.04.10 at 02:22:20(19229)
Dear John and Friends,

The illustration on this stamp, especially that of one leaf, does in fact closely resemble a non-discript species within the Neotropical genus Xanthosoma, but we MUST keep in mind that the artist might not have been a Botanist, and may have been using a generalized photo or illustration of an aroid (who knows!)  Since there are no blooms which would have assisted in determining  the precise I.D. of this plant, and there is no label on the stamp itself, Pete Boyce (perhaps in jest) suggested it might be "Xanthosoma indica'', a non-species if ever there was one!  But then again, to ramble on a little on this topic, there IS a named var./cultivar named "Alocasia amazonica'', a genus that does NOT occur naturally anywhere NEAR the Amazon Basin!  I did the research on this name, to discover that it was named by its creator (it is a hybrid) who owned a now-defunct nursery in the Miami area back in the 30`s-40`s and the Nursery`s name was "Amazon Nursery", hence the name of this Asian Plant.
 I came to the conclusion that the illustration on the stamp could very well be a sp. of Alocasia, which is native to that area while Xanthosoma is NOT.
Good Growing,

Julius

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From: "John Criswick" <criswick at spiceisle.com> on 2009.04.10 at 09:24:44(19230)

Dear Julius,

True, but there is a difference between a species name and a
varietal name. Once hybridization takes place away from the area of natural
distribution of the genus, any name is fair play.

Actually, the world of stamp designing and the government agencies
who commission the designs is very much the province of ignorance, as far as
we are concerned. For instance, in Grenada we have had endless stamps
featuring birds and butterflies which have never even seen Grenada, and even
stamps commemorating Mickey Mouse, et al.

John.

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From: Peter Boyce <phymatarum at googlemail.com> on 2009.04.10 at 16:04:15(19231)
HiJulius,

Sorry,but I said no such thing! I said “Hi Marek, Bit stylized...myguess would be Xanthosoma rather than Alocasia...”, it was Marek whosuggested Xanthosoma indica... There IS an Alocasia indica (= Alocasiamacrorrhiozos) but the stamp does NOT depict Alocasia macrorrhizos). My guessis that it is one of the carbohydrate crop Xanthosoma spp. That are frequentlymet with throughout the tropics, well away from their native Caribbean and South/CentralAmerican origins...

Pete

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From: <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2009.04.13 at 02:43:40(19232)
Dear Pete,

Sounds just fine to me--stamps are sometimes VERY unreliable concerning the art work.
See John`s letter.

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From: "Marek Argent" <abri1973 at wp.pl> on 2009.04.13 at 11:44:50(19234)
Hi everyone who replied,

I didn't suggest "Xanthosoma indica", because I knew such plant didn't exist. I cited the name of this plant from the stamp. I asked if it might be Alocasia indica (a yellow veined form of A. macrorrhizos). I agree with John that small or poor countries emit hundreds of stamp issues to earn money, cos the collectors will pay a lot for any new stamp. They are rarely confirmed scientifically, for example I have a stamp depicting Zantedeschia aethiopica with a name Gladiolus cardinalis :D

BTW: I've updated my aroid stamps page:

http://www.wschowa.com/abrimaal/araceum/stamps/stampe.htm

Marek

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