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Re: [Aroid-l] Aroid stamp=Taro=Colocasia

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)?


John Criswick



-----Original Message-----
From: aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of Julius Boos
Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2007 6:14 AM
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject: [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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