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Colocasia esculenta
(Araceae)

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Colocasia esculenta is native to India and southeast Asia. 


Species description or overview

Colocasia esculenta information from PIER
Information on Colocasia esculenta as relevant to Pacific Islands is provided by the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER).

Colocasia esculenta information from NTBG
Information about Colocasia esculenta is available from the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG).


Taxonomy & nomenclature

GRIN nomenclature info for Colocasia esculenta
Nomenclatural information about Colocasia esculenta is provided by USDA/ARS/NGRP/GRIN.

Colocasia esculenta information from the Smithsonian's Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Colocasia esculenta--including nomenclature and synonymy, and status and distribution in Hawaii--is provided by the "Flora of the Hawaiian Islands" website of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Links from this page include descriptive information about the species, as well as worldwide distributional information and general information about the genus.

Colocasia esculenta information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Colocasia esculenta, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

IPNI nomenclature info for Colocasia esculenta
Nomenclatural information about Colocasia esculenta is provided by The International Plant Names Index (IPNI).


Impacts

Colocasia esculenta (Araceae): species information from GCW
Information on Colocasia esculenta as relevant to Pacific Islands is provided by the Global Compendium of Weeds (GCW).


Cultivation & propagation

How to plant a native Hawaiian garden View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
An instructional handbook on planting a native Hawaiian garden was prepared by Office of Environmental Quality Control to guide the establishment of native gardens in schools throughout Hawaii to stimulate the awareness and appreciation of Hawaii's rare and fragile environmental resources (1992).

In the Garden: Ubiquitous kalo can regenerate
Kalo (Colocasia esculenta), the most important plant in Hawaiian culture, is the topic of this Rick Barboza column (Honolulu Star-Bulletin Features, 7/1/2005).


Images

Images of Colocasia esculenta (Araceae) (taro, kalo)
Links to high-resolution free images of Colocasia esculenta (Araceae) (taro, kalo) by Forest & Kim Starr (USGS) are available here.

Colocasia esculenta information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Colocasia esculenta in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.

Colocasia esculenta images from PIER
Images of Colocasia esculenta provided by the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER).


Distribution

Colocasia esculenta information from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Colocasia esculenta in Hawaii is available from the Smithsonian Flora of the Hawaiian Islands.

Colocasia esculenta information from the Smithsonian's Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Information about Colocasia esculenta--including nomenclature and synonymy, and status and distribution in Hawaii--is provided by the "Flora of the Hawaiian Islands" website of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Links from this page include descriptive information about the species, as well as worldwide distributional information and general information about the genus.


Books

Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives)
Veitch, C.R. and M.N. Clout (eds.) . 2002. Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives). IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. vii + 414pp. ISBN: 2-8317-0682-3.

A field guide to tropical and subtropical plants
Perry, Frances and Roy Hay. 1982. A field guide to tropical and subtropical plants. Ward Lock Limited, Great Britain. 136 pp. illus. ISBN: 0-442-26859-9.

Identification and biology of nonnative plants in Florida's natural areas (second edition)
Langeland, K.A., H.M. Cherry, C.M. McCormick, and K.A. Craddock Burks. 2008. Identification and biology of nonnative plants in Florida's natural areas (second edition). The University of Florida IFAS Communication Services (Gainesville). 193+ pp. illus. ISBN: 978-0-916287-70-2.


Full-text articles

Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaii: Management and research
Stone, Charles P., Clifford W. Smith, and J. Timothy Tunison (eds.) . 1992. Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaii: Management and research. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Cooperative National Park Resources Studies Unit. ISBN: 0-8248-1474-6.

Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives)
Veitch, C.R. and M.N. Clout (eds.) . 2002. Turning the tide: The eradication of invasive species (proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives). IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. vii + 414pp. ISBN: 2-8317-0682-3.

Control of non-native plants in natural areas of Florida
Langeland, K.A. and R.L. Stocker. (1997-)2001. Control of non-native plants in natural areas of Florida. SP 242, one of a series of the Department of Agronomy, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First printed: 1997. Revised: April, 2001.

Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants on Midway Atoll, Hawaii.
Starr, F., K. Starr, and Loope L. 2006. Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants on Midway Atoll, Hawaii. An addendum to the 1999 Botanical Survey of Midway Atoll.

Botanical survey of Midway Atoll
Starr, F. and K. Martz. 1999. Botanical survey of Midway Atoll. In: 1995-1999 Baseline Surveys for Alien Species in Marine and Terrestrial Habitats on Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Revised List of Hawaiian Names of Plants Native and Introduced with Brief Descriptions and Notes as to Occurrence and Medicinal or Other Values
Gon III, Samuel M. Ohukaniohia. 2008. Revised List of Hawaiian Names of Plants Native and Introduced with Brief Descriptions and Notes as to Occurrence and Medicinal or Other Values, by Joseph F. Rock Consulting Botanist, Board of Agriculture and Forestry Honolulu, Hawaii, 1920; transcribed and annotated by Samuel M. Ohukaniohia Gon III. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 6:405-442.


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