Colocasia esculenta ARACEAE

Sample information

Sample ID15-6-1r
Speciesesculenta
GenusColocasia
FamilyARACEAE
Common nametaro
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Morphology

Pollen / Sporepollen
Morphologic typeinaperturate
Surface patternechinate , baculate
Equatorial sizemin 13.7, mean 16, max 17.9
Grain arrangementmonocot
Dispersal formmonad

Ecology and Geography

Plant typeangiosperm
Floristic region(s)India (tropical) , Australia (south coast) , Australia (south west) , Northwest Pacific , Central Pacific , East Pacific Islands , Other outside Australasia , Australia (tropical) , Australia (east coast)
Cultivated?True
Vegetation communitiesherbland
Habitat notesTaro was probably first native to the lowland wetlands of Malaysia (taloes). Estimates are that taro was in cultivation in wet tropical India before 5000 B.C., presumably coming from Malaysia, and from India further transported westward to ancient Egypt, where it was described by Greek and Roman historians as an important crop. An Australia, Colocasia esculenta var. aquatilis is native to the Kimberley region of Western Australia; variety esculenta is naturalised in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. Cultivated on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Collection

Collection notesAlso found in Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean. Photographed

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