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Taxonomy  Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta

Other names (synonyms)

Habit   Short, moderately spreading, stocky, producing 10-15 ‘ohā.

Corm   Chalky white flesh with inconspicuous yellowish fibers; cortex cream-colored.

Petiole   Rigid, light green with inconspicuous greenish edge, white to base (kōhina).

Leaf blade   Ovate, horizontal, somewhat cupped, light green; piko light green; lobes obtuse, frequently overlapping, with deep, narrow sinus.

Origin   Hawaiian variety.

Cultivation   Wetland cultivation; matures in 6-9 months.

Uses   Table taro; used as medicine.

Comments   Named for the fact that the leaves are somewhat cup-shaped; general name for medical potions. Closely resembles ‘Apuwai.

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