31 October, 2012

Modern reference collection: Katakuri

Tuber of Erythronium japonicum Decne. (Katakuri in Japanese)












 


We can see hilums where extinction crosses intersect.


 








 




These starch granules show awkward circular shapes.

... As you know , commercially available "katakuri-ko" (katakuri means this plant's Japanese name, and ko means "flour" in Japanese) consists of "starch of potatoes".

This plant species in Japan is now listed on its Red List of Threatened Species in many areas. So I bought this reference plant at a distributor of seedlings.

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