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Colocasia gigantea

English names: Thailand giant, elephant ear, giant taro

Latin name: Colocasia gigantea

Family:  Arum - Araceae

Origin: Southeast Asia

This perennial grows to 1.5 to 3 metres tall, with a large tuber and bulky leaves. The shoots are edible, and are used in Asian cuisine; in Japan, as an ingredient of miso soup, chanpuru dishes and sushi.

Colocasia gigantea