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Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid stamp

Dear Marek et al,

That stamp is clearly intended to show Colocasia esculenta, judging by
the shape of the corm. But the artist has screwed up on the petiole
insertion point (should not be at margin) and venation.

The leaf looks like a fairly generic, aroid leaf, possibly similar to
Alocasia macrorrhizos (but it is probably not worth trying to pin this
down to anything specific).

Alocasia macrorrhizos is actually important as a food in some areas of
Micronesia, but the edible stems are long and cylindrical, not so short
or rounded as most cultivars of Colocasia esculenta.


On 9/28/2007, "Marek Argent" <abri1973@wp.pl> wrote:

>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,: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:
>    Hello,
>    The 16th 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.
>    http://photos02.allegro.pl/photos/oryginal/248/70/61/248706105
>    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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