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Ulaula Moano

Ulaula Moano
Other Names: Ieie, Iaia

General Characteristics: Medium in height, moderately spreading, maturing within 8 to 10 months, producing from 5 to 10 oha; characterized by reddish-purple petioles with inconspicuous yellowish-green stripes.

Petiole: 70 to 95 cm. long, red near base shading to reddish-purple above, with inconspicuous yellowish-green stripes especially on midsection, indistinctly dark reddish at edge, a dark red ring at base with dark pink for 3 to 5 cm. above.

Leaf blade: 35 to 45 cm. long, 25 to 35 cm. wide, 25 to 35 cm. from tip to base of sinus, ovate, dark glossy green with bluish cast; piko large, distinct, purple; primary and marginal veins reddish on lower surface; lobes obtuse with narrow sinus.

Corm: Flesh white with pinkish tinge, especially near apex, the fibers yellowish; skin pinkish-lilac.

Origin, and derivation of name: Native variety; named after the Hawaiian fish, moano, which is reddish to reddish-purple with brownish markings.

Distribution: Planted in a few scattered localities throughout the islands, usually under upland culture.

Use: Both for poi and as table taro, principally for home consumption.

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