Amazing, Julius! Whoever would have thought it?
I agree that the depiction of the rhizome on the stamp is
recognisable as Colocasia all right. There are also some small objects I
can't quite identify. Would they be corms as in Tannias (Xanthosomas)?
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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
A saying that has stood me well in my life has been --'When everything
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
"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
SEVERAL popular cultivars named "piko", with the posterior
leaf lobes open to the navel, or 'piko', exactly as depicted in the
on the stamps.
Perhaps the artist tasked with depicting all these 'pretty-prettys' on
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!
>>Attachment : micronesia89.jpg (0.16 MB)
Ok, here it is again. it's not 16th but 12th stamp.
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no photo available...says its a binary file,,,good
lord do they make
Marek Argent <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
The 12th stamp in this sheet
is named "taro",
but the leaf doesn't look
like Colocasia esculenta, rather like
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?
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