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Alocasia macrorrhizos (giant taro)

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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, ʻape, giant alocasia and pai. In Australia it is known as the cunjevoi (although that term also refers to a marine animal). The Hawaiian saying: ʻAi no i ka ʻape he maneʻo no ka nuku (The eater of ʻape will have an itchy mouth) means "there will be consequences for partaking of something bad".
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Attributes

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  

Predators

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

Distribution

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

External References

USDA Plant Profile

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Citations

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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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