Taxonomy Colocasia esculenta var. esculenta
Habit Medium in height, slender, erect, producing 2-5 ‘ohā.
Corm Flesh white with lilac at apex, fibers yellowish; cortex lilac-pink, often dark purple along leaf-scar rings.
Petiole Narrow reddish edges, greenish at apex, light pink above the base, a dark pink ring at the base (kōhina).
Leaf blade Saggitate, drooping, thin, dark with bluish cast; margins slightly undulate; piko small, purple; lobes obtuse to slightly acute with medium-cut to deep, narrow sinus.
Origin Hawaiian variety.
Cultivation Dryland cultivation; matures in 9-12 months.
Uses Table taro.
Comments Kūmū refers to the dark pink tinge of the corm, similar to the adult Hawaiian Goatfish (Parupeneus porphyreus); ‘ele‘ele refers to the black color of the petiole. Many other Kūmū varieties named in the historical times (see Pukui)?