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Lauloa Palakea-ula

Lauloa Palakea-ula
General Characteristics: Tall, erect, maturing within 9 to 12 months, producing from 5 to 10 oha; characterized by pinkish edge and white base of petiole.

Petiole: 100 to 140 cm. long, dark green heavily suffused with dark reddish-purple especially on upper half, purplish at apex, white at base, with distinct reddish-pink to almost whitish edge.

Leaf blade: 45 to 65 cm. long, 30 to 40 cm. wide, 35 to 50 cm. from tip to base of sinus, sagittate, slightly concave, dark green; margins with a few largle undulations; piko purplish; veins dark purplish on lower surface of lobes; lobes obtuse with narrow sinus.

Corm: Flesh chalky white with light yellowish fibers; skin yellowish.

Origin, and derivation of name: Native variety of comparatively recent origin, probably arising through somatic mutation from Lauloa Palakea-eleele given the suffix ula because of the distinguishing pink edge.

Distribution: Found occasionally among plantings of Lauloa Palakea-eleele. It is considered inferior in quality and is usually rogued out.

Use: Primarily as a table taro.