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  • Subject: Xanthosoma
  • From: "Eduardo Goncalves" <edggon@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 22:19:57 -0500 (CDT)

Dear aroiders,

    I have checked the marvelous Lester´s 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 Krzysztof´s 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 couldn´t find out what the hell is this 
plant! I am preparing an article ´bout 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,


>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

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