Taro

Taro is a species of Elephant ears plant, that can be recognize by its big leaves

Colocasia esculenta

Taro

Synonyms:
Kalo, Elephant Ear,
Taro (Wikipedia)

Taro
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Monocots
Order:Alismatales
Family:Araceae
Genus:Colocasia
Species:
C. esculenta
Binomial name
Colocasia esculenta
Synonyms
  • Alocasia dussii Dammer
  • Alocasia illustris W.Bull
  • Aron colocasium (L.) St.-Lag.
  • Arum chinense L.
  • Arum colocasia L.
  • Arum colocasioides Desf.
  • Arum esculentum L.
  • Arum lividum Salisb.
  • Arum nymphaeifolium (Vent.) Roxb.
  • Arum peltatum Lam.
  • Caladium acre R.Br.
  • Caladium colocasia (L.) W.Wight nom. illeg.
  • Caladium colocasioides (Desf.) Brongn.
  • Caladium esculentum (L.) Vent.
  • Caladium glycyrrhizum. Fraser
  • Caladium nymphaeifolium Vent.
  • Caladium violaceum Desf.
  • Caladium violaceum Engl.
  • Calla gaby Blanco
  • Calla virosa Roxb.
  • Colocasia acris (R.Br.) Schott
  • Colocasia aegyptiaca Samp.
  • Colocasia colocasia (L.) Huth nom. inval.
  • Colocasia euchlora K.Koch & Linden
  • Colocasia fonstanesii Schott
  • Colocasia gracilis Engl.
  • Colocasia himalensis Royle
  • Colocasia neocaledonica Van Houtte
  • Colocasia nymphaeifolia (Vent.) Kunth
  • Colocasia peltata (Lam.) Samp.
  • Colocasia vera Hassk.
  • Colocasia violacea (Desf.) auct.
  • Colocasia virosa (Roxb.) Kunth
  • Colocasia vulgaris Raf.
  • Leucocasia esculenta (L.) Nakai
  • Steudnera virosa (Roxb.) Prain
  • Zantedeschia virosa (Roxb.) K.Koch

Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, a root vegetable most commonly known as taro (/ˈtɑːr, ˈtær/), kalo, dasheen,madhumbe,magogoya or godere (see §Names and etymology for an extensive list).[citation needed] It is the most widely cultivated species of several plants in the family Araceae that are used as vegetables for their corms, leaves, and petioles. Taro corms are a food staple in African, Oceanic, and South Asian cultures (similar to yams), and taro is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants.

Taro (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Maori taro. Doublet of kalo, from Hawaiian.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtæɹəʊ/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtɛɹoʊ/, /ˈtɑɹoʊ/
  • Rhymes: -æɹəʊ
  • Homophone: tarot

Noun

taro (usually uncountable, plural taros)

  1. Colocasia esculenta, raised as a food primarily for its corm, which distantly resembles potato.
    Synonyms: colocasia, elephant ears
  2. Any of several other species with similar corms and growth habit in Colocasia, Alocasia
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