Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott
- Common Name: Taro
- Family: Araceae Juss.
- Country of Origin: Tropical Asia
- Description: [syn. Colocasia antiquorum var. esculenta Schott; Caladium esculentum Hort.]
[Vietnamese: khoai mon]
A variable species of perennial herb to 3-7 feet tall; leaves all basal from a corm, blades to 2 feet long, upper surface velvety green to bluish-black between primary veins, petioles green to violet or reddish; spathe to 15 inches long, basally green or red-purple, blade expanded, reflexed, yellow. Runs into many forms and variants.
Tropical Asia, where is is commonly grown for food.
- Uses: Edible: Grown in throughout the tropics for food. All parts of the plant are edible and rich in nutrients especially vitamin B.
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- Accession # 198500255
- Source: Unknown
- Accession Date: 12-31-1985
- Bench: 1210 - AUS:Ground Bed 2 NE
- Currently: active - healthy
- Qty: 1 confirmed on 02-17-2023
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Liliopsida
- SubClass: monocots
- Order: Alismatales
- Family: Araceae
- SubFamily: Aroideae
- Tribe: Colocasieae
Hortus Third, LH Bailey Hortorium, 1975
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