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Colocasia aquatilis

17th August 2008

Colocasia aquatilis has been recorded (as Colocasia esculenta var aquatilis) from Bengal, Malaysia, Java, Japan, Papua New Quinea ans Western Australia. It is thought to be the wild growing origin of the cultivated Taro, Colocasia esculenta. It differs from the cultivated forms of Taro in having long stolons and low levels of starch in the main tuber.
I was given a plant earlier in the year, and it has grown vigorously. As always with Colocasia, the key point will be how well it survives the winter.

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