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Taro Varieties in Hawaii

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Title:Taro Varieties in Hawaii
Authors:Whitney, Leo D.
Bowers, F.A.I.
Takahashi, M.
Keywords:Colocasia esculenta
Date Issued:1939
Publisher:Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station
Citation:Whitney LD, Bowers FAI, Takahashi M. 1939. Taro varieties in Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station. 86 p. (Bulletin No. 84).
Abstract:Taro, one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world, has long been a staple food of the natives of all the Polynesian islands as well as in the West Indies and the Orient. Since taro is propagated almost exclusively by vegetative means, each locality has tended to perpetuate its own forms, or "horticultural varieties." Some of these forms have remained localized; others have spread, and many of them have been given new names. In 1914, MacCaughey and Emerson listed about 300 varietal names of taro in Hawaii, approximately half of which they estimated to be synonyms. The confusion which has resulted from the large number of varieties and synonymous names has made evident the need of a taxonomic key for grouping and describing the taros in terms of their distinguishing characters. The present study includes such a key, on the basis of vegetative characters, and descriptions of the varieties which the writers have been able to find in Hawaii, with all available information as to origin, distribution, and use.
Description:Reprinted, 1997
Pages/Duration:86 pages + 4 plates
Appears in Collections: Bulletin (Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station)

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