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AW: [Aroid-l] Frank`s Xanthosoma ID

  • Subject: AW: [Aroid-l] Frank`s Xanthosoma ID
  • From: "FrankBln" f_h_bln@gmx.net
  • Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 14:20:51 +0200
  • Importance: Normal

Thanks to you both for your quick replies. I thought X.sagittifolium has greenish leaves. The one I have has dark blueish/green leaves. But maybe it is just a variation. I found this photograph on the web which says that it depicts a X. lindenii "purpurea". The plant on the picture resembles very much my specimen. You think it is mistyped?






> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----

> Von: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-

> bounces@gizmoworks.com] Im Auftrag von Julius Boos

> Gesendet: Sonntag, 9. Oktober 2005 13:46

> An: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com

> Betreff: RE: [Aroid-l] Frank`s Xanthosoma ID



> >From :     <Thomas.Croat@mobot.org>

> Reply-To : Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>

> Sent : Saturday, October 8, 2005 7:19 PM

> To :   aroid-l@gizmoworks.com

> Subject :   RE: [Aroid-l] Xanthosoma? Please help to ID


> Dear Frank,


> After reading Dr. Croat`s ID of your Xanthosoma as most probably being X.

> sagittifolium (below), I agree.  I remembered that a couple years ago

> someone else had posted a photo of a plant very simular to your photos,

> and

> I had also incorrectly ID`d it as probably being X. violacium, and that

> Dr.

> Goncalves had then corrected the ID to it being X. sagittifolium.

> My confusion is due to the fact that the plants that we in S. Florida had

> been calling X. sagittifolium for YEARS, turned out to be X. robustum,

> according to Dr. Goncalves, who ID`d a huge plant still growing near to

> the

> cafe at Fairchild Gardens in Miami as being X. robustum, NOT X.

> sagittifolium as it was labled as, and had been assumed to be for years.

> This X. robustum, a huge plant w/ bullate leaf blades, produces the 'white

> tannia/malanga blanca' edible rhizomes beloved as food by us Trinidadians

> and Cubans, but not Jamaicans!   We could always get the 'red coco' in

> Jamaican stores, it grew to be X. violacium/nigrum.  Then fairly recently

> yet ANOTHER edible rhizome appeared commonly in Super markets in S.

> Florida,

> the cataphylls at the growth tip are darker/brownish and 'tougher' than

> the

> light brownish cataphylls of X. robustum, and the rhizomes are more

> uniformly thickish/elongate and round/flask-like in cross section, unlike

> those of X. robustum which are much longer and more 'irregular'/'lumpy' in

> shape.   These new darker colored, more flask-like shaped rhizomes grew to

> be plants like yours, and were confused, at least by myself, as being X.

> viloacium, the same as the Jamaican 'red coco', but were different, the

> petioles not as purple, and, like yours, with lighter colored leaf blade

> veins.   Dr. Goncalves corrected my previous misidentification from X.

> violacium to TRUE X. sagittifolium, which are/were rare in cultivation

> here

> in Florida.

> For those of you interested in the culinary merits of these different

> species, the true X. sagittifolium and X. violacium both cook to be

> 'drier',

> with a texture more like certain potatoes, while the X. robustum/white

> tannia/malanga blanca cooks 'wetter', more glutinous, and is favored by

> Trinidadians and some Latins, especially Cubans, in their soups.

> It is also reported that X. robustum  ("white tannia/malanga blanca")

> causes

> 'itching' of the skin and hands when being peeled, while the X. violacium

> (and X. sagittifolium??)

> ["red coco/malanga lilac"] lack this 'itching' while being handled.

> Well,

> oiling ones hands while handling these rhizomes prevents the itching,

> according to my late mother.

> Good Luck and Good Growing.


> Julius Boos



> >>>Frank:

>   I am pretty sure that your plant is Xanthosoma sagittifolium


> Tom<<<


> -----Original Message-----

> From: Frank [mailto:f_h_bln@gmx.net]

> Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 5:23 AM

> To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com

> Subject: [Aroid-l] Xanthosoma? Please help to ID


> Dear members,


> some time ago I have bought some "taro" bulbs on Ebay. On the pictures

> below

> is the resulting plant. I would like to know what species it could be. I

> would guess it is Xanthosoma lindenii "purpurea"...What do you think.


> http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/4282/dscf00130hg.jpg

> http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/8066/dscf00149na.jpg

> http://img290.imageshack.us/img290/323/dscf00159dx.jpg



> Any ideas are welcome. thanx a lot!


> Frank Hardung


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