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jmorth
Nov 27, 2015 11:38 PM CST
Elephant Ear type - which group?

Red stemmed, placed in an aquatic setting by botanical garden staff.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 28, 2015 7:56 AM CST
We don't have any photos in our database yet but I wonder if it could be Rhubarb Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Rhubarb')

Some images for comparison:
http://www.plantdelights.com/Colocasia-esculenta-Rhubarb-for...
http://plantlust.com/plants/colocasia-esculenta-rhubarb/
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greene
Nov 28, 2015 8:50 AM CST
May I ask which botanical garden?
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jmorth
Nov 28, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Quad Cities Botanical Garden - Rock Island, Illinois.

Lin, the examples furnished look like it alot, including the 4' height...
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Xeramtheum
Nov 28, 2015 9:39 AM CST
It also looks like it might be Pink China.

Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Pink China')
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Name: charles
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papa
Nov 28, 2015 12:48 PM CST
[quote="plantladylin"]We don't have any photos in our database yet but I wonder if it could be Rhubarb Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Rhubarb')

Some images for comparison:
http://www.plantdelights.com/Colocasia-esculenta-Rhubarb-for...
]http://plantlust.com/plants/colocasia-esculenta-rhubarb/[/qu...

It does look like Rhubarb
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jmorth
Nov 28, 2015 2:36 PM CST
Went w/ Rhubarb.
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JRsbugs
Nov 28, 2015 4:33 PM CST
It's a pity you can't see the underside of the leaves, Colocasia Hawaiian Punch has a fine red margin which appears to be showing in places but narrow coloured margins are not always present. The leaves do look to be showing red veins through the tallest leaf.

http://www.excelsagardens.com/?p=1777

http://www.royalhawaiiancolocasias.com/hawaiianpunch.html

http://www.royalhawaiiancolocasias.com/

http://planthaven.com/plant/colocasia-hawaiian-punch/#







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jmorth
Nov 28, 2015 5:58 PM CST
Thanks Janet...more items for consideration.
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eclayne
Nov 28, 2015 7:48 PM CST

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I'd guess 'Hawaiian Punch'. It has a glossy upper leaf surface and more red in the veins on the underside. That matches the USPP description as well (PP24,596).

I've never grown 'Rhubarb' and not been able to find a consistent description. Photos here show it with a matte upper leaf surface.
http://www.briansbotanicals.net/Outdoor-Tropicals/Colocasia-... This also shows only the mid and basal ribs colored red on the underside.
http://www.plantdelights.com/Colocasia-esculenta-Rhubarb-for...
https://www.agristarts.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/plants.plant... I believe 'Red Stem' = 'Rhubarb'

'Pink China' Also has a matte surface.
http://www.briansbotanicals.net/Outdoor-Tropicals/Colocasia-...
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jmorth
Nov 28, 2015 7:58 PM CST
Thanks Evan.
I'll endeavor to move it.
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