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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

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

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.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Possibly Extirpated

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Sparingly naturalized and perhaps not well established. A specimen at MISSA needs to be examined.

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Colocasia esculenta has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Wetland


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Colocasia esculenta
Copyright by: Shirley Denton