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Niue-uliuli

Niue-uliuli
Other Names: Niue

General Characteristics: Medium in height to tall, moderately spreading, maturing within 9 to 12 months, producing from 2 to 5 oha; quite similar in coloring to Kai Uliuli except at the edge, which is narrow and reddish instead of broad and whitish or yellowish.

Petiole: 75 to 105 cm. long, dark green slightly shaded with reddish-brown, purplish at apex, reddish at edge, a brilliant dark pink ring at base with light pink for 3 to 4 cm. above.

Leaf blade: 45 to 55 cm. long, 30 to 40 cm. wide, 40 to 45 cm. from tip to base of sinus, ovate, slightly concave, dark green with bluish cast; margins with numerous fine undulations; piko and marginal veins reddish-purple; lobes obtuse with wide sinus.

Corm: Flesh white tinged with pink, especially near apex, with yellowish fibers; skin light pink.

Origin, and derivation of name: Introduced from Samoa by Wilder under the name Niue (see also Niue-ulaula, No. 51); the suffix uliuli given to this variety refers to the dark green petioles which are slightly shaded with reddish-brown.

Distribution: Little-known variety of limited distribution.

Use: Primarily as a table taro.