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Re: [aroid-l] Question--Colocasia "Black magic"

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Question--Colocasia "Black magic"
  • From: Tony Avent <tony@plantdelights.com>
  • Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2004 18:27:10 -0400


	Regarding your Colocasia 'Black Magic' question, I can share a bit of
background.  This clone clumps in most climates, but when grown as an
aquatic, it does produce runners.  In very wet season, we have seen the
occasional runner.  In tissue culture, C. 'Black Magic' mutated to a form
that runs in all climates.  It was given the name C. 'Black Runner'.  This
form also has leaves that emerge darker and have more ruffling around the
edges.  I hope this helps.

At 01:15 AM 4/2/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>"Dean Ouer" <d.ouer@cox.net> wrote:
>>Can any of you aroid experts answer the following question about the
"Black Magic" colocasia?
>>I grow it in So California and also in Hawaii. The leafs look identical
to me in both locations so I always assumed they are the same species.
However, when grown in California it "suckers" only right next to the base
of the mother plant. The suckers are so close it is even hard to split off
the "pups." In Hawaii it sends out long runners (3-5 feet long) with a
plantlet on the end like I have seen other Colocasias do. But the "Black
Magic" I grow in California has never sent out a runner. And the one I grow
in Hawaii only seldom suckers close by.
>>Are there two different species of "Black Magic" or is this difference in
growth due only to climate?
>The differences you describe, sound like subspecies/varietal differences!
Colocasia esculenta has 3 subspecies/varieties: C. e. esculenta, the
nominate form; C. e. antiquorum; and C. e. aquatilis.  Could it be that the
'Black Magic' leaf has appeared in two different subspecies/varieties?
>Jason Hernandez
Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
email tony@plantdelights.com
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