Scientific Name: Colocasia esculenta

Distinguishing Characteristics

  • Arrowhead-shaped terminal leaf up to 2 feet long
  • 3 primary leaf veins stretching to each lobe. Several secondary veins along the primary veins that are nearly opposite.
  • To separate amongst other plants with arrowhead-shaped leaves, Colocasia esculenta leaves are peltate (stalk attaches to middle of leaf instead of margin); often a purple dot at point of attachment.

This is an exotic plant. If you observe this plant growing in the southeastern U.S., please take the time to report its location on the EDD Maps database at http://www.se-eppc.org/index.cfm.

Colocasia esculenta taken by Graves Lovell

Colocasia esculenta taken by Graves Lovell