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Pikoele

Pikoele
General Characteristics: Medium in height, moderately spreading, maturing within 9 to 12 months, producing from 5 to 10 oha; characterized by unusually large, prominent purple piko.

Petiole: 65 to 90 cm. tall, dark green, red at edge, purplish at apex, white or greenish-white at base.

Leaf blade: 45 to 50 cm. long, 30 to 35 cm. wide, 35 to 40 cm. from tip to base of sinus, ovate, dark green; piko conspicuous, dark purple; lobes acute with narrow sinus.

Corm: Flesh chalky white with conspicuous yellowish fibers; skin white to cream-colored.

Inflorescence: Peduncle dark green; spathe 18 to 20 cm. long, the lower tubular portion about 3 cm. long, dark green, the upper portion yellow; spadix 6.5 to 7 cm. long, the sterile appendage about 9 mm. long.

Origin, and derivation of name: Native variety; the name Pikoele refers to the conspicuous, dark purple piko.

Distribution: Little-known variety of limited distribution.

Use: Mainly as table taro.

Remarks: Because of the similarty in names, this variety is sometimes confused with Piko eleele.