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Re: Xanthosoma

  • Subject: Re: Xanthosoma
  • From: George Yao <gcyao@netasia.net>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 10:50:18 -0500 (CDT)


Thanks for your response. Next time I visit my friend, I'll bring my 
digital camera to take some photos of his Golden Xanthosoma to be posted 
here. They are already big plants, so presumably mature.

George Yao <gcyao@netasia.net>
Metro-Manila, Philippines

At 11:00 PM 6/13/01, you wrote:
>Dear George,
>     Yes, I forgot this one. It is the same species I am talking about, 
> despite the individual featured in the picture is too young. The color is 
> too striking to forget! However, I am still considering if X. mafaffa is 
> not the same thing of X. sagittifolium. In fact, the X. 
> mafaffa-sagittifolium-robustum-roseum complex is the most puzzling 
> problem in aroid systematics, in my opinion. It may take me some time to solve.
>                                   Best wishes,
>                                         Eduardo.
>>Hi Eduardo,
>>In the same website you cited below, there is a page featuring Xanthosoma
>>maffafa aurea which looked like the Golden Xanthosoma I saw (from memory
>>only, if you please). Is it the same as the Golden Xanthosoma in the Burle
>>Marx collection?
>>George Yao <gcyao@netasia.net>
>>Metro-Manila, Philippines
>>At 11:19 AM 5/31/01, you wrote:
>>>Dear aroiders,
>>>    I have checked the marvelous Lesterīs site (see the link below) and
>>>have found that there is a small error at the main page. The plant
>>>featured there is Xanthosoma atrovirens, not X. violaceum. Despite the
>>>leaves really LOOK violaceum (i.e. somewhat purplish), most of the aspect
>>>is given by the combination of the dark green color (i.e. atro - black,
>>>virens - green) plus the wax effect at the surface (that make it appear
>>>somewhat blue). However, the petioles are green, and if we could see the
>>>main ribs below, they would appear green, not purplish. Both species are
>>>usually confused there in U.S.A., because both are usually sold with the
>>>same common names. If you want to see a real X. violaceum, take a look at
>>>Krzysztofīs page in:
>>>     Compare both pictures and you will never confuse them again.
>>>     Still on Xanthosomas, I have seen comments about the "Golden"
>>>Xanthosoma in this list. I have seen it cultivated here in Brazil and I
>>>also have some plants in my own collection (Xanthosoma is my favourite
>>>aroid). The biggest individuals I have seen are cultivated at the Burle
>>>Marx collection, and they became less golden with age. I have seen even
>>>flowering individuals there, but I still couldnīt find out what the hell
>>>is this plant! I am preparing an article ībout the cultivated Xanthosoma,
>>>maybe to be submitted to Aroideana 2002, so I HAVE to discover it
>>>someday! By now, I think it is a form of the common X. sagittifolium, but
>>>I am not 100% sure. In fact, I am not even 60% sure... Did someone
>>>mention 40% sure?
>>>                                 Best wishes,
>>>                                         Eduardo.
>>>>From: "Scott Hyndman" <hyndman@aroid.org>
>>>>Reply-To: aroid-l@mobot.org
>>>>To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
>>>>Subject: Re: Yautia/Xanthasoma Sprouting
>>>>Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 12:08:47 -0500 (CDT)
>>>>Please take a look at Lest Kallus' and Julius Boos' information at
>>>>http://www.kallus.com/aroids/ediblearoids.htm as this may be some of what
>>>>you are interested in.  If it is not, I am happy to help anyone develop 
>>>>a Web page that you describe, and I am sure that Lester would be happy to
>>>>add to the excellent informational and image content of his pages.
>>>>Best regards,  Scott

George Yao <gcyao@netasia.net>
Metro-Manila, Philippines

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