RE: Tacca questions (off topic??)
- Subject: RE: Tacca questions (off topic??)
- From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 11:16:01 -0500 (CDT)
I end up a Taccophile, here are my last words:
website www.tacca.de says there is a patent
granted in Europe on Tacca. Unfortunately it isn't clear whther the black Tacca
is meant or the soon-to-be-released white one. I do know that two black Tacca's
have been garnted Plant Breeder's Rights in Europe (which is NOT the same as a
plant patent but the website builders may have made a serious mistake here).
These Tacca's had been refused before on the grounds of not being uniform
enough, which is why they are now multiplied in tissue-culture. I seem to recall
that the resultant plant that got the PBR is in fact a hybrid cultivar (it's
annoying that the website does not produce the cultivar name), which may explain
its unwillingness to seed. So there is a chance we are not talking simple Tacca
Plantscope database (www.plantscope.nl)
presents two Tacca cultivars, T. chantrieri 'Aameyri' (European PBR filenumber
00/0628) and T. chantrieri 'Lentac'. Whether these do belong to chantrieri is
doubtful. 'Aameyri' has a rather small inflorescence with the bracts purple
flushed green. In the files of the Euopean PBR office, the cultivar is
classified directly under Tacca and not as Tacca chantrieri. The owner is Dutch.
The white Tacca is owned by a German company.
leontopetaloides is edible.
much for Tacca.
> Thus endeth this sunday
lecture for all you to enjoy (or delete.........).
Dear Lord P.,
I did NOT delete it and (mostly
;-)) enjoy our Lord's contributions and I have further questions.
I grow a Tacca chantrieri since
a few weeks ago. Here in Germany these plants are seen now and then in good
garden centres and sold for remarkable prices, around 40 Euro/US$. However,
when the inflorescens starts to wilt and is cut, the plant looks like a huge
boring Spathiphyllum (excuse me Ron ;-) and is often sold for 1/2 or 1/4 of
the former price.
marketed here in Germany by www.Tacca.de are cloned in vitro since no seeds
set was reached so far (as far as I know...). It is said that the donor plant
is male sterile, however, I do not have any proof of this.
Is male strelility known in Tacca (chantrieri) or
could it be a self incompatibility mechanism as well?
Speaking against the latter is the observation of a
list member whose single T. chantrieri sets seed (or does the neighbour grow a
different genotype???) However, the seeds I got did not germinate yet after
months; but that seems to be a pain in the ...(O.K. some where further down)
with Tacca germination anyway.
My second question regarding Tacca spec. is, if they can be traded as
bare root tubers/rhizomes or if they are? If this is possible, would anyone
know a source?
And last but not
least, which Tacca spec. are edible? This, of course, aims at the question of
the common name and the availibility in asian food stores.
Any comment most welcome!