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.
Hortus Third, LH Bailey Hortorium, 1975
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