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Laaloa

Laaloa
General Characteristics: Medium in height, well spreading, maturing within 8 to 12 months, producing from 5 to 10 oha; characterized by white petiole bases and reddish-brown shading on the lower half of the petioles.

Petiole: 65 to 90 cm. long, reddish-brown shading to greenish on upper portion, indistinctly brownish at edge, white at base.

Leaf blade: 40 to 50 cm. long, 30 to 35 cm. wide, 30 to 40 cm. from tip to base of sinus, sagittate, medium green; piko light yellowish-green; lobes obtuse to slightly acute with wide sinus.

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

Origin, and derivation of name: Native variety; the derivation of the name is unknown.

Distribution: Most common on the island of Hawaii, chiefly under upland culture; it thrives best in wet upland forests.

Use: Mainly as table taro.