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[Aroid-l] Aroid stamp=Taro=Colocasia

>From : 	Marek Argent <abri1973@wp.pl>
Reply-To : 	Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent : 	Friday, September 28, 2007 4:27 PM
To : 	"Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Subject : 	Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid stamp

Dear Aroidophiles,

I have wracked my old brain, read ALL the opinions on what plant this 
artwork depicts, and have FINALLY come up with what I THINK the answer might 
A saying that has stood me well in my life has been --'When everything else 
fails, read the instructions".   With this ringing in my silly old brain, 
and with a VERY vague memory of a Colocasia (taro) cultivar with a 
sagittate, NOT peltate leaf blade, I dove into Deni Bown`s FANTASTIC tome, 
"Aroids, Plants of the Arum family".   And---AHA!!--Pg. 250!!  There are on 
Hawaii (and presumably in other areas of the Pacific, such as Micronesia, 
the small Islands and Atols scattered across the Pacific between New Guinea 
and Hawaii),  SEVERAL popular cultivars named "piko", with the posterior 
leaf lobes open to the navel, or 'piko', exactly as depicted in the artwork 
on the stamps.
Perhaps the artist tasked with depicting all these 'pretty-prettys' on the 
sheet of postage stamps was given one of these seemingly 
common-in-the-region cultivars to depict in the painting??   The corms and 
head-sat (huli) on the same stamp are a fair and typical depiction of a 
taro/Colocasia cultivar.   Mammy Yokum`s words, "Ah has spoken' " from the 
Sunday cartoon ''Dogpatch" by Al Kap come to mind.  (Let`s see how many of 
you older ones 'out there' recall this!).
I hope this solves the puzzle!

Good Growing,


>>Attachment :  	micronesia89.jpg (0.16 MB)
Ok, here it is again. it's not 16th but 12th stamp.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Kyle Baker
    To: Discussion of aroids
    Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 12:24 PM
    Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid stamp

    no photo available...says its a binary file,,,good lord do they make 
those anymore?

   kfb maine

    Marek Argent <abri1973@wp.pl> wrote:


        The 12th stamp in this sheet is named "taro",
        but the leaf doesn't look like Colocasia esculenta, rather like 
Xanthosoma sp.
        What may it be? I know that artist sometimes don't see important 
features for botanists.


        Besides I read somewhere that in various regions of the world, 
different species are cultivated as "taro".

        Can anyone help?

        Marek Argent

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