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  RE: Tacca questions (off topic??)
From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2002.05.27 at 16:16:01(8894)
I end up a Taccophile, here are my last words:

website www.tacca.de says there is a patent
granted in Europe on Tacca. Unfortunately it isn't clear whther the black Tacca
is meant or the soon-to-be-released white one. I do know that two black Tacca's
have been garnted Plant Breeder's Rights in Europe (which is NOT the same as a
plant patent but the website builders may have made a serious mistake here).
These Tacca's had been refused before on the grounds of not being uniform
enough, which is why they are now multiplied in tissue-culture. I seem to recall
that the resultant plant that got the PBR is in fact a hybrid cultivar (it's
annoying that the website does not produce the cultivar name), which may explain
its unwillingness to seed. So there is a chance we are not talking simple Tacca
chantrieri here.

Plantscope database (www.plantscope.nl)
presents two Tacca cultivars, T. chantrieri 'Aameyri' (European PBR filenumber
00/0628) and T. chantrieri 'Lentac'. Whether these do belong to chantrieri is
doubtful. 'Aameyri' has a rather small inflorescence with the bracts purple
flushed green. In the files of the Euopean PBR office, the cultivar is
classified directly under Tacca and not as Tacca chantrieri. The owner is Dutch.
The white Tacca is owned by a German company.

leontopetaloides is edible.

much for Tacca.


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