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Scientific Name: Colocasia esculenta
Pronunciation: kol-oh-KAY-see-uh es-kew-LEN-tuh
Common Name: taro root, coloyam, elephant's ear
Family Name: Araceae
Plant Type: Annual, Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: Leaves basal, petioles long and dark, blades very large and heart-shaped.
Course(s): not used (off campus)

Habit: Upright
Form: Vase
Texture: Very coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Hardiness Rating: Zone 8a: (-12 to -9.5 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Bog, Humus rich
Landscape Uses: Urban agriculture, Waterside planting
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown include may include C. 'Black Ruffles'.
taro root, coloyam, elephant's ear
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Basal
Texture/ Venation:
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Ovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Cordate, Hastate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Spadix (& spathe)
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Number of Petals:0
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Yellow
Flower Time at Peak:
Additional Info: Flowers usually do not form on cultivated plants.
Fruit Type: Berry (true)
Fruit Colour: Green
Fruiting Time:
Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Corms, Rhizomes

Propagation: Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Light Level:High indoor light level
Pest Susceptibility: Mites, Root rot, Virus, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant )
(NCA) Not Currently Available : not used
(SGL) Sendell Gardens, Langley : in greenhouse
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