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3514 Taro and palm.

3514 Taro and palm.

There are few plants that are not used in daily life. The taro (large leafed plant to the left) is a food source for people and stock and the palm seen in distance has strong fibers than are beat and twisted into rope or kept whole and made into rain capes (see slide 2710).

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Amy Eisenberg, Ph.D. 14-Jan-2013 08:00
See John's section on Micronesia for more information about taro species
Amy Eisenberg, Ph.D. 14-Jan-2013 08:00
Yes, indeed. There are four species of taro in Micronesia and more than two dozen cultivars where we worked on Pohnpei and the outer atolls. Yes, the leaves are also quite useful as a fodder and for covering the traditional oven (uhmw) on Pohnpei. There is a great diversity of taro cultivars on the volcanic tropical island of Pohnpei, Micronesia. Leaves are also used when preparing sakau (Piper methysticum) kava ceremonially. Leaves are used as an umbrella and as a bucket for carrying water. Taro leaves are used to wrap food for baking.
Peter Matthews 14-Jan-2013 06:42
Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is a great food and fodder plant. The leaves can be eaten by people, and can be fed to pigs, and the roots (corms) can be harvested anytime after reaching maturity to provide starch.

Not many insects or larger animals attack this plant, and it is also resistant to wind and floods. If cereal crops are damaged, taro can be a good back-up or reserve food.
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