Description of the genus
Robust herbs with large tuber.
Leaves peltate, cordate-sagittate; lamina simple. Plant flowering with leaves.
Spathe with a short green ellipsoid basal tube (which is not strongly inflated) and much longer yellow to orange apex. Spadix shorter than spathe with a conical naked sterile appendix. Flowers unisexual.
Worldwide: 8 species in tropical Asia; C. esculenta widely cultivated throughout the tropics
Other sources of information about Colocasia:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Colocasia pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): ColocasiaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: ColocasiaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ColocasiaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): ColocasiaKew Herbarium catalogue
: ColocasiaKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Colocasia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=303, retrieved 21 May 2013