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Common name

English: Taro

German: Taro

Mandarin: 芋 (yu)

Portuguese: Inhame


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Arales (13)

        Family: Araceae (16)(family description)

          Genus: Colocasia (2)

            Epithet: esculenta (L.) Schott (4)

Synonyms: Alocasia dussii Dammer, Caladium glycyrrhizum Fraser

dussii => in honor of Antoine Düss (1840-1924), swiss missionary and plant collector working in Martinique and Guadeloupe

esculenta => edible, fit for human food

glycyrrhizum => sweet root


Climate: tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: yellow, beige, white

External links

Check for Colocasia esculenta at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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