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Re: Fw: [aroid-l] New Colocasia
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2003.01.11 at 22:22:02(9816)|
Dear Chandrit and all Friends,
I do not know of a name for this very attractive cultivar, thanks Chanrit!!.
In looking at the photo again, and re-checking the page of Colocasia
cultivars sent by Dr.James Waddick, to me it bears a resemblance to the
photo of C. esculenta 'Fontanesii" at Winterberry Farms plant list., except
for the upward habit of the three leafblade tips on Chandrit`s plant. One
can ponder that Chandrit`s plant is probably a selection/cultivar of C.
What we should keep in mind is the apparent great diversity of form in the
species Colocasia esculenta, there will be hundreds if not THOUSANDS of
cultivars 'out there', some w/ local names, some without, VERY few w/ any
recognisable and/or REGISTERED cultivar name. This species is said to
'evolve' and modify itself in cultivation (with the help of man who selects
new and different 'cultivars' from the established crop) in a short space of
time. Taking the Colocasias of Hawaii as a case in point, we must assume
that the early canoe-ocean arrivals brought with them just a few cultivars
of this plant (taro), yet in just a relative short space of time (just
thousands of years) when a count was done recently, there were over 200
recognised and named cultivars on these Islands! We discussed this some
time ago, that cultivated and some wild Aroids can 'evolve' vegetatively
literally from 'mother' plant to 'sucker' or proagule! Get a plant of
what is sold as Xanthosoma (who-knows-what sp.) cv. or var.'monstrosum' (the
all-green one w/ the 'frills' under the leaf blade), you can soon have a
collection of very different looking plants, as many of the
off-shoots/suckers/propagulas will be quite different in leaf-shape from the
How about this one?
Does anybody here knows the species/cultivar name of this following
>From: "Julius Boos"
>Subject: Fw: [aroid-l] New Colocasia
>Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2003 10:09:12 -0500
>----- Original Message -----
>Sent: Saturday, January 11, 2003 8:08 AM
>Subject: Re: [aroid-l] New Colocasia
>----- Original Message -----
>From: James Waddick
>Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 11:39 AM
>Subject: [aroid-l] New Colocasia
>I do NOT know for sure, but my GUESS is that they are from collections made
>by Walter Pagels when he travelled throughout Indonesia and the Phillipines
>several years ago. Walter specialized in Aquatics, and introduced many
>varieties to W. cultivation.
>They consist of Colocasia esculenta cultivars that are stoloniferous, and
>the leaves and/or petioles are colored varoius shades of purple/dark
>reddish/black. Some are quite cold/cool resistant and the one I saw in
>Cen. Florida was growing in a fish pond out doors in the 40`s. They are
>probably cultivated in their native lands for their edible leaves, and
>probably make a good calallo! Speaking of which I shall be giving a talk
>to the Begonia Soc. at Mounts Bot. Garden here in W.P.B., Florida this
>Monday at 7.30 PM on edible ARoids, and hope to have samples of calallo,
>dasheen, curried chicken w/ Xanthosoma, eddoes, etc. for tasting!!!
>"Don`t only grow dem, EAT DEM!!!"
> >>Dear all;
>Does anyone have any description of some new Colocasia being offered by
>Colocasia 'Pink Princess'
>Colocasia 'Bloody Mary'
>Colocasia 'Milky Way'
>Appreciate any descriptive information.
>Dr. James W. Waddick
>8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
>Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
>Zone 5 Record low -23F
>Summer 100F +
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