[Taxacom] Identification Needed: Fruit from a Pacific island
g.read at niwa.co.nz
Fri Jan 11 17:36:21 CST 2008
Ahah. The source of the reviled 'sago pudding' of my childhood (they put the starch through a sieve apparently to make
the little dry pellets).
As a widespread commercial crop rather than something endemic the island biogeography aspect wasn't important.
The 'fruit' can be seen at:
>>> "Jim Croft" <jrc at anbg.gov.au> 11/01/08 9:34 AM >>>
In this particular case, the sago palm, the source of starch is the
trunk, not the fruit.
Geoff Read wrote:
>>>> Diana Horton <diana-horton at uiowa.edu> 09/01/08 7:30 AM wrote>>>
> I am looking for someone who might be able to identify a fruit
> collected on a Pacific island circa 1940s. I can provide an image.
> Intriguing question. I wonder if it is still edible? But as a Pacific island inhabitant, I feel obliged to murmur quietly that there are more than a few Pacific Islands (some 20,000 to 30,000) and that the bounds of the Pacific Ocean permitting the growth of fruit include a sizeable part of the planet. Perhaps a more precise geographic designation would be useful in this instance?
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