Re: [aroid-l] Question--Colocasia "Black magic"
- Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Question--Colocasia "Black magic"
- From: MossyTrail@cs.com
- Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2004 03:08:01 -0400
Tony Avent <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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.
Yes, it does. As I recall, it is the variety C. e. aquatilis that runs. Your explanation suggests that these varieties may be, at least in part, ecotypes -- when grown it a wet stuation, it "becomes" aquatilis. Have there been any genetic/phylogeny studies on the three varieties of C. esculenta, to determine whether their differences are genotypic (suggesting true subspecies) or merely phenotypic (suggesting ecotypes)?
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