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Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia robusta & Colocasia gigantea

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia robusta & Colocasia gigantea
  • From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo@msn.com
  • Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 21:43:50 +0000

From: Peter Matthews Reply-To: Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com To: Discussion of aroids aroid-l@gizmoworks.com Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Alocasia robusta
Colocasia gigantea Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 15:06:58

Dear Peter,

I THINK the Colocasia being grown as a leaf-veggie in Japan may be Colocasia e. esculenta, NOT Colocasia gigantea, the latter may be a less cold hardy species!
Please let us know.



As an edible stem vegetable (cultivar only, not the wildtype) Colocasia gigantea grows as far north as about 35 degrees N. in Japan. Here it is a summer crop that can be left in the ground over winter, with mulch and soil to protect the apical tips from cold damage (can survive this way under snow). Under these conditions, it does not grow so high as in the tropics, but it can still be a pretty plant.
Peter Matthews (Dr)

National Museum of Ethnology Senri Expo Park, Suita City Osaka 565-8511, Japan Tel. +81 6 6876-2151 (museum) Tel. +81 6 6876-8357 (Peter's office)< Fax +81 6 6878-7503 (museum) Websites: The Research Cooperative http://www.researchco-op.co.nz A meeting place for research writers, editors, translators and proofreaders 2003 Conference on Research Writing in Japan: http://www.researchco-op.net/conference.html _______________________________________________ list<br>&gt;Aroid-l@gizmoworks.com<br>&gt;http://www.gizmoworks.com/mailman/listinfo/aroid-l<br>

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