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Re: [aroid-l] Strange leaf anomalies in Colocasia

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Strange leaf anomalies in Colocasia
  • From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo@msn.com
  • Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 18:44:05 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: Krzysztof Kozminski <kk@kozminski.com>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Friday, September 06, 2002 1:42 AM
Subject: [aroid-l] Strange leaf anomalies in Colocasia


I`ll take a stab at this--they look like Colocasia esculenta antiquorum, the
eddeoe of the food trade.   They are known to grow more 'dry' than most
other forms of taro.   The abberation is not a super-rare one, aroids do
this more often than you think, it seems like the terminal bud wants to
'divide' or branch, but did not quite make it all the way, hence the
conjoined leaves.   You will also see this in some aroid blooms, tho
spadices or spathes, or partially divided spadices/spathes.   There was a
discussion some time ago when One member reported a twin spadix.   Nice
Those tubers are GOOD peeled and used instead of potatoes in split pea

WPB, Florida.


I am forwarding a message from a fellow on another email list,
regarding weird-shaped leaves in his Colocasia.  Can anyone shed
some light on what's going on there?

Please CC Barry in the reply (doobieous@yahoo.com)

"They both savoured the strange warm glow of being much more
ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary

> I am growing taro in my garden (yeah, not the typical
> medit plant, although they need much less water than
> most websites will have you believe). Anyway, these
> were the typical store bought cormels (less than two
> to three inches long). I planted them out in late
> march and they have been growing well. They're not at
> a decent size and interestingly one of the shoots that
> developed shows an interesting abberation every few
> leaves or so (well two so far).
> The two leaves showing this abberation look like this:
> Still peltate, but as if you have two arrow head
> shaped leaves joined together. So instead of being
> trilobed, it has four lobes, and looks "folded" down
> the middle. It's hard to imagine, and I really must
> get some pictures, but i wonder if this is common for
> aroids to do this, especially peltate ones?
> The other plants have been displaying normal peltate
> leaves, even the other large shoot shows normal leaves
> (although that one shows some slight damage). I even
> have another separate cormel growing with very nice,
> rounded, ruffled leaves.

> Here's links to pictures I took of the weird leaf
> anomaly:
> http://home.csumb.edu/g/garciabarry/world/plants/taroanomaly1.jpg
> Side view, underside of one of the leaves
> http://home.csumb.edu/g/garciabarry/world/plants/taroanomaly2.jpg
> From above
> http://home.csumb.edu/g/garciabarry/world/plants/taroanomaly3.jpg
> Side view showing "conjoining"
> Anyway, there you have it. What the pics don't show is
> that the stem is much thicker than usual, and it looks
> like there are spots where new leaves can emerge on
> either side of the stem. It's like the terminal bud
> developed two leaves at the same time and they fused.
> _____________________________________
> Barry Garcia
> Marina, CA, zone 17, bordering on 16
> USDA zone 9

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