Re: What is it?

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From: Gary Meltzer <>
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Date: Thursday, September 03, 1998 4:24 PM
Subject: What is it?

>>I have a purple stemmed "taro" that I collected from a creek in Santa
CA, about 4 months ago.  The owner of the property was uncertain of the
origin of these plants or of their names.  They were growing in about
12"-24" of slow moving water and had become rather invasive; an annual
event I understand.  At home, I potted them in 12" pots were they grew
within 6 weeks to about 4'-5' high and produced a goldish inflorescence
that was quite beautiful.  Every 4 days or so, another flower would emerge
from just above the origin of the preceding flower's source.  Of the four
plants that are potted, three of them produced 4 flowers in this way.  At
this time, it looks like two of them have set seed as they are not wilting
and beginning to swell.

If I send a photo(s) of these, will someone identify them for me?  If the
seeds do develope, I can send them to Aroidiana for distribution.  Thank
you, Gary<<

Dear Gary,
I do not know exactaly which cultivar/species of Colocasia the plant you
collected is, but I have seen it around here in S. Florida.  There was a
huge stand of it at the pond on the S.W. cor. of the Kravis Center here in
W.P.B. which was removed about two years ago, and the pond re-planted; it
flowered profusely, and must have seeded, as it seems to pop up in creeks ,
ponds, etc., so I believe the fruit it prob. is spread by birds.
Just last week I examined another flowering cultivar with all-green laeves,
but the upper portion of the spathes was a rich gold/yellow.  There was
several not-normal bodies among the ovaries on the lower part of the spadix,
and the upper section was infertile.   These plants pop up at the bases of
shrubs/trees from nurseries brought into and planted at homes in W.P.B and
areas around us. homes, and grow as a weed of cultivation in the fields.
Both of the forms mentioned have lots of stolons by which the spread
rapidly.  Hope this is of help.
Anyone else has any info.??
On another note, some time ago we had a discussion on native names of edible
aroids, and I reported on "bok ha" (or "bak ha") which I believed was a
species of Alocasia.  I recently ran into it again, and can report that it
is a Viet Nam word, and is being sold at an oriental grocery near my home.
The item consists of the cut stems (no leaf blades) of an Alocasia sp., I
believe it may be the plant sold horticulturaly as "Chinese taro".

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