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Re[2]: Colocasia & Alocasia winter storage temp

     Dan Nicolson (Flora Vitiensis Nova 1, 1979) and I (Sandakania 7, 1996) 
     came to the conclusion that subspecies and botanical varieties of 
     Colocasia esculenta are pretty meaningless. The whole thing (wild 
     types and cultivars) should botanically just be called C. esculenta, 
     and diversity of cultivated forms reflected in cultivar and cultivar 
     group nomenclature set up within the domain of the International Code 
     of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants - an interesting little job for 

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Subject: Re: Colocasia & Alocasia winter storage temp 
Author:  <aroid-l@mobot.org> at mailgate
Date:    12/11/98 8:43 AM

> So, am I again behind on nomenclature?  Last I heard, C. antiquorum ("eddoe") 
> was a subspecies of C. esculenta ("taro").
> Jason Hernandez
So?  That doesn't mean every subspecies has the same characteristics. 
I'll be the first
one to admit I'm not sure of the nomenclature, but there are several 
that have fleshy
tubers, are stoloniferous and do *not* do well in bare root storage. 
Two of these include a purple-stemmed
colocasia and also one that has green leaves heavily covered with 
irregular purple blotches.
I have seen these referred to as Colocasia fontanesii and Colocasia 
antiquroum "Illustris", respectively.
We can leave nomenclature to the true experts, but if I'm wrong on these 
names, so are a lot
of people.

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