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Re: xanthosoma mafaffa

  • Subject: Re: xanthosoma mafaffa
  • From: "Eduardo Goncalves" <edggon@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 00:35:17 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Tony,

    I didnīt mention it just because I could not find a name for it! (Thatīs 
quite simple...) I am completing an article about the cultivated Xanthosoma 
and this is one of the "species" that doesnīt seem to have a Linnean name. 
In fact, I do not know if it is a natural species. I am presently calling  
Xanthosoma "Lime Green" or "Golden" or "Aurea" or "Lime Zinger" or whatever. 
The only thing I know is that it doesnīt seem to be X. mafaffa, because of 
vegetative and floral differences. In fact, true X. mafaffa is an elusive 
species that doesnīt seem to be common in cultivation no more. It is 
possible that this golden Xanthosoma is one of the species from the X. 
atrovirens complex. I am still checking some aspects on it. By now, it is 
better to keep the name exactly like it is.

                                 Very best wishes,


>	You mention that Xanthosoma maffafa is erronously known as such, but you
>don't mention what it should be correctly known as...any help with a
>correct name would be most appreciated.  The only cultivar name for this
>plant that adheres to the nomenclature code is Xanthosoma 'Lime Zinger'.

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