From: abri1973 at wp.pl (Marek Argent) on 2008.01.22 at 03:08:20(16982)|
So here it's me again with this controversive stamp from Micronesia,
recently when I sent this to Aroid-L,
it was identified as Colocasia esculenta, according to the book by Deni Bown
where she wrote
that in the Oceania C. esculenta has not peltate leaves.
Now you put me in a different light explaining that the plant can be a
species of Cyrtosperma.
I haven't seen C. chamissonis, so I can't tell which of the plant is there
on the stamp.
Could you please help me, it's very important to me.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 6:13 AM
Subject: [Aroid-l] The Many Faces of Taro
>I recently visited Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
> I saw some very large, sagittate aroids there, and asked
> what they were. "Taro," was the reply.
> Later, I got a fuller explanation. As my native guide and I
> walked along a roadside, we saw four species, which he
> explained to me thus: Colocasia esculenta, the
> green-petioled variety, he called "Tahitian taro;" the
> purple-petioled form, he did not know the name. Alocasia
> macrorrhizos, he called "wild taro," saying that in former
> times, it was used for food, but no longer. Xanthosoma sp.,
> he called "Hawaiian taro." And Cyrtosperma chamissonis, the
> kind I had originally seen, he called simply "taro," and
> said it was the local variety.
> In my several days there, I found that Cyrtosperma was the
> most widely grown kind, in swampy mountain forests as well
> as villages. Green-petiole Colocasia was next. The other
> three were seldom seen. Cyrtosperma seemed to grow equally
> well in sun or shade, provided the soil was sufficiently
> Too bad I never had the opportunity to taste that local
> Jason Hernandez
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