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Re: Colloquial vs scientific names

  • Subject: Re: Colloquial vs scientific names
  • From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo@msn.com>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 18:54:40 -0500 (CDT)

----- Original Message -----
From: Julius Boos <ju-bo@msn.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2002 11:01 AM
Subject: Re: Colloquial vs scientific names

----- Original Message -----
From: Don Martinson <llmen@wi.rr.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 9:48 PM
Subject: Re: Colloquial vs scientific names

OK---sorry for the misinformation (below) , but that site is INCORRECT---I
went to my Indian grocery, and 'ratalu' is in fact the Dioscorea sp. w/ the
violet flesh, they even have it in cans.    Lots of other names on the site
are very old and/or incorrect!   The shop keeper tole me the purple-skinned
sweet potato is called 'bonato' in his area of India, a 'take off' on the
name for it in Latin America whixch is spelt the same but pronounced with
the ~ above the n, making the 'enyay' sound.


>>According to this site, 'ratalu' is the common tropical sweet-potato!
These are commonly available at all local groceries here in Florida, called
'camote' by Latins.   They have purple SKINS, but the flesh is grayish
white, not orange like the common N. American variety of sweet potato or
'yams' served at Thanksgiving.
GOOD eating!   I will check on the Indian name for the canned, purple
FLESHED Yam (Dioscorea sp.)  when next I visit my Indian Grocery!


>Thanks for all the extra research on the part of all the Suranoslueths! My
>local indian marts had, besides edoes and things that looked like
>Xanthosomas, a suran lookalike called "ratalu". Any ideas?

Here is a site that attempts to give some equivalence between
colloquial names and botanical names


It seems to have its share of mispellings and taxonomic inaccuracies,
however.  They say that "ratalu" is Convolvulus batatas (= Dioscorea
batatas?), but I wouldn't think that would look too much like a
suran.  Perhaps the "rajalu" fits this bill?

Don Martinson
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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