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Giant Elephant Ear, Giant Taro

15 Mar , 2015  

Alocasia Macrorrhiza Giant Elephant Ear, Giant TaroLatin Name: Alocasia macrorrhiza

Description: Alocasia macrorrhiza is also known as giant elephant ear or giant taro. This tropical perennial is native to Asia. In its native area, it can be up to 15 ft (4.5 m) tall. Its leaves are huge, and its flowers (pale-green spathes) are about 8 in (20 cm) long. This plant is often named giant taro, as it is closely related to the taro, Calocasia esculenta. However, this name is also used for Calocasia gigantea, which is very similar in aspect and dimensions to Alocasia macrorrhiza.