Colocasia esculenta

COMMON NAME

Taro, dasheen

TYPE

Bulbs

FAMILY

Araceae

NOTES

Grown primarily for its edible corms, leaves, and petioles. Taro corms are a food staple in African, Oceanic, and South Asian cultures (similar to yams), and taro is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants. This species is also commercially grown as a food crop in Hawaii (poi is made from the tubers).

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Thought to be native to Southern India and Southeast Asia, but is widely naturalized

NATIVE HABITAT

Lowland wetlands

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

plants.ces.ncsu.edu

missouribotanicalgarden.org



Colocasia esculenta