14 Jan Elephants Ears (Taro)
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.
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.