Re: 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
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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