Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Taro - Colocasia esculenta   (L.) SchottOnly member of Colocasia in NC.
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Author(L.) Schott
DistributionWell established at Lake Waccamaw, Columbus County.

Native of the tropics; in N.A. scattered locations in southern states.
AbundanceFrequent at this one site (Lake Waccamaw). Not known in the state elsewhere as an escape.
HabitatShoreline and adjacent marshy ditches.
PhenologyProbably does not flower in NC.
IdentificationThe leaves typically are large, 1-2 feet long or more, broadly elliptical and with arrow-like backward pointing basal lobes -- resembling leaves of Green Arrow-arum (Peltandra virginica) but more wavy-edged and with strongly parallel veins; some leaves may have purple blotches.
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