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Alocasia macrorrhizos (giant taro)

Synonyms: Alocasia cordifolia; Alocasia gigas; Alocasia grandis; Alocasia harrisii-pulchrum; Alocasia indica; Alocasia indica var. diversifolia; Alocasia indica var. heterophylla; Alocasia indica var. metallica; Alocasia indica var. rubra; Alocasia indica var. typica; Alocasia indica var. variegata; Alocasia insignis; Alocasia macrorrhizos var. rubra; Alocasia macrorrhizos var. variegata; Alocasia marginata; Alocasia metallica; Alocasia montana; Alocasia pallida; Alocasia plumbea; Alocasia rapiformis; Alocasia uhinkii; Alocasia variegata; Arum cordifolium; Arum indicum; Arum macrorrhizon; Arum montanum; Arum mucronatum; Arum peregrinum; Arum rapiforme; Caladium indicum; Caladium macrorrhizon; Caladium metallicum; Caladium odoratum; Caladium plumbeum; Calla badian; Calla maxima; Colocasia boryi; Colocasia indica; Colocasia indica var. rubra; Colocasia macrorrhizos; Colocasia montana; Colocasia mucronata; Colocasia peregrina; Colocasia rapiformis; Philodendron peregrinum; Philodendron punctatum

Wikipedia Abstract

Alocasia macrorrhizos is a species of flowering plant in the arum family, Araceae, that it is native to rainforests from Malaysia to Queensland and has long been cultivated on many Pacific islands and elsewhere in the tropics. Common names include Giant Taro and Elephant Ear Taro, while words for the plant in the various Polynesian languages include Kape (Futunan, Niuean, Tongan, Wallisian), ʻApe (Cook Islands Māori, Tahitian, Hawaiian), "ta'amu" in Samoan language, and Pulaka (Tuvalu).
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Allergen Potential [1]  Low
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Structure [2]  Herb

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Carara National Park II 12983 Costa Rica  
Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve VI 921676 Ecuador  


Agrius convolvuli (Convolvulus hawk moth)[4]
Eupanacra mydon[4]
Hippotion celerio (Grapevine hawk moth)[4]
Hippotion velox[4]
Pergesa acteus[4]


Malesia to Queensland (Murray Group), widely cultivated elsewere;



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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