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Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott
Wild taro, Dasheen, Coco-yam

Colocasia esculenta
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Araceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

FLEPPC Status: Category I Invasive

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For more information and images, visit Florida Invasive Plant Species Mobile Field Guide (FLIP) or click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below.

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Colocasia esculenta has been found in the following 16 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Caloosahatchee Regional Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dupuis Reserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Enchanted Forest Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Everglades National Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fern Forest Nature Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
Frog Pond/L-31 N Transition Lands Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hickey Creek Mitigation Park Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
LaBelle Nature Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Loxahatchee River-Lake Worth Creek Aquatic Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Navy Wells Pineland #23 Present Not Native, Naturalized
Tradewinds Park & Stables Present Not Native, Naturalized
Tree Tops Park Present Not Native, Naturalized

Colocasia esculenta has been found in the following 7 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Not Native, Naturalized
Glades County Not Native, Naturalized
Hendry County Not Native, Naturalized
Lee County Not Native, Naturalized
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Naturalized
Monroe County (Keys) Not Native, Naturalized
Palm Beach County Not Native, Naturalized

Colocasia esculenta has been found in the following 6 habitats :
Blackwater Stream
Disturbed Wetland
Floodplain Marsh
Floodplain Swamp
Strand Swamp
Swamp Lake

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Colocasia esculenta
Copyright by: Shirley Denton