Xanthosoma Schott

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Terrestrial herbs, with rhizomes or tubers; latex milky. Leaves petiole sheathed at base, blades arrow-shaped. Inflorescence one to several per axil, shorter than leaves, spathe constricted, tube edges overlapping at base; spathe blade boat-shaped, usually white, deciduous; spadix in sections, green to bright orange. Fruit cylindric with many seeds.

Worldwide: About 45 species native to the New World tropics.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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sagittifolium (L.) Schott

Other sources of information about Xanthosoma:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Xanthosoma
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Xanthosoma
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Xanthosoma
Wikipedia: Xanthosoma
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Xanthosoma
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Xanthosoma

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Xanthosoma.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1661, retrieved 26 March 2023

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