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Colocasia esculenta  (L.) Schott
Taro root
Colocasia esculenta is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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~53 records in California
redone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
Genus: Colocasia
Family: Araceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Toxicity: Do not eat any part of this plant.
Information about  Colocasia esculenta from other sources
USDA PLANTS Profile (COES)

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[www.invasive.org] Ecological Threat, Africa native: Colocasia esculenta can tolerate a wide range of wet to dry sites. It easily invades wetland edges, swamps, blackwater streams and riverine forests. Colocasia esculenta can form dense stands outcompeting native plants. It is native to Africa and was first brought to the Americas as a food crop for slaves. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/25/2024).