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Lihilihimolina

Lihilihimolina
General Characteristics: Short to medium in height, well spreading, producing a few oha; easily identified by the unusual coloring of the corm flesh lilac-purple in the center, surrounded by white. This is the only taro having bicolored corm flesh.

Petiole: 55 to 70 cm. long, rather drooping, yellowish-green flecked with reddish-brown near base, a faint, pale pink ring at base with white for 3 to 5 cm. above.

Leaf blade: 35 to 45 cm. long, 25 to 35 cm. wide, 30 to 35 cm. from tip to base of sinus, sagittate, thin in texture, smooth and regular in outline; lobes acute with wide sinus.

Corm: Conspicuously lilac-purple at center and white outside; skin white with purple along leaf-scar rings.

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

Distribution: Found only occasionally under upland culture on the island of Hawaii.

Use: Primarily as table taro.