Other Names: Ala Pipika
General Characteristics: Medium in height, erect, moderately stocky, maturing within 7 to 12 months, producing two or three branches; distinguished by the yellow corm flesh and heavy reddish-brown flecking on the lower portion of the petiole.
Petiole: 60 to 90 cm. long, pale green prominently flecked with reddish-brown to purplish on the lower portion, with fairly distinct broad pinkish edge, pale pink at base with white ring.
Leaf blade: 20 to 50 cm. long, 20 to 30 cm. wide, 20 to 40 cm. from tip to base of sinus, sagittate, chartaceous, dark green or with bluish cast; piko yellowish to reddish; lobes acute with deep sinus.
Corm: Flesh yellow with yellowish fibers; skin cream-colored, occasionally purple along leaf-scar rings.
Origin, and derivation of name: Native variety; named after the fish, opelu, because the Hawaiians used the corms as bait.
Distribution: Planted in a few scattered localities on Hawaii and Maui, nearly always under upland culture.
Use: Sparingly as a table taro.