Re: I.D.`ing the plant on the stamp.
- Subject: Re: I.D.`ing the plant on the stamp.
- From: "Marek Argent" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:40:05 +0100
Thanks Julius for the ultimate explanation
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Subject: [Aroid-l] I.D.`ing the plant on the stamp.
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>> Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 04:08:20 +0100
>> Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] The Many Faces of Taro
> Dear Marek and Jason,
> I have re-examined the illustration of the postage stamp in question, and
> my opinion still is, that based on what we have in that pretty ''basic''
> ilustration, the plant illustrated on that postage stamp is Colocasia
> esculenta var. "Piko" (with a sagittate leaf blade and the lobes open to
> the navel or "piko". See Deni Bown`s EXCELLENT book "Aroids, plants of
> the arum family", page 250 and 251.)
> Bear in mind the person who drew the illustration on the stamp OBVIOUSLY
> was not a taxonomist! However, the veins in the anterior lobe seem to be
> the correct number for Colocasia, not Xanthosoma or Cyrtosperma. The
> deciding factor in I.D.`ing the illustration to me are the corms clearly
> illustrated on the stamp. They resemble most closely those produced by
> several vars. of Colocasia esculanta, the illustration even shows the form
> of the ''huli'' (the section above the corms consisting of petiole bases),
> and are NOT Cyrtosperma merkusii (changed from the name, C. chamissonis,
> an old name for C. merkusii) OR Xanthosoma. I hope this helps.
> Jason, what a great pity that you were not able to sample eating the corms
> of Cyrtosperma merkusii! The word you can find on the edibility/taste of
> this plant in the literature are in general not very flattering, BUT---I
> had a friend in Asia who cultivated this plant in quantity around a pond,
> and he told me that in flavor and texture he prefered it to Colocasia!!
> I do hope that you came away with at least some good photos of Cyrtosperma
> plants which you can share with us??
> The Best,
> And Good Growing!
> Julius Boos
> WPB, FLORIDA
>> Hello Jason,
>> So here it's me again with this controversive stamp from Micronesia,
>> recently when I sent this to Aroid-L,
>> it was identified as Colocasia esculenta, according to the book by Deni
>> where she wrote
>> that in the Oceania C. esculenta has not peltate leaves.
>> Now you put me in a different light explaining that the plant can be a
>> species of Cyrtosperma.
>> I haven't seen C. chamissonis, so I can't tell which of the plant is
>> on the stamp.
>> Could you please help me, it's very important to me.
>> Marek Argent
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "mossytrail" <email@example.com>
>> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 6:13 AM
>> Subject: [Aroid-l] The Many Faces of Taro
>> >I recently visited Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
>> > I saw some very large, sagittate aroids there, and asked
>> > what they were. "Taro," was the reply.
>> > Later, I got a fuller explanation. As my native guide and I
>> > walked along a roadside, we saw four species, which he
>> > explained to me thus: Colocasia esculenta, the
>> > green-petioled variety, he called "Tahitian taro;" the
>> > purple-petioled form, he did not know the name. Alocasia
>> > macrorrhizos, he called "wild taro," saying that in former
>> > times, it was used for food, but no longer. Xanthosoma sp.,
>> > he called "Hawaiian taro." And Cyrtosperma chamissonis, the
>> > kind I had originally seen, he called simply "taro," and
>> > said it was the local variety.
>> > In my several days there, I found that Cyrtosperma was the
>> > most widely grown kind, in swampy mountain forests as well
>> > as villages. Green-petiole Colocasia was next. The other
>> > three were seldom seen. Cyrtosperma seemed to grow equally
>> > well in sun or shade, provided the soil was sufficiently
>> > muddy.
>> > Too bad I never had the opportunity to taste that local
>> > "taro."
>> > Jason Hernandez
>> > Naturalist-at-Large
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