Bulbous & Succulent Weeds

Elephants Ears (Taro)

Colocasia esculenta

Plants such as these with fleshy tuberous rhizomes, when established in moist areas become extremely heavy and difficult to remove. Do not let them establish outside of gardens.
  • Family Araceae
  • Origin S.E. Asia, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands
  • Habit Erect, rhizomatous tuberous, evergreen perennial herb to 1.5m high.
  • Leaves Heart shaped, dark green leaves to 60cm long prominently veined. Stem & leaf colour varies depending on variety of plant.
  • Flowers Pale Yellow spike enclosed by a greenish yellow hood like spathe. Flowers Winter-Summer.
  • Fruit Small berry, green or yellow maturing to orange 5-10mm long containing about 4 yellow-brown seeds.
  • Roots Fleshy tuberous rhizome.
  • Dispersal Roots, tubers and Seed is spread by water, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
  • Control Hand pull/dig, bagging all plant parts and removing from site. Foliar spray, Cut and Paint.

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