Alocasia macrorrhizos

Alocasia macrorrhizos

''Alocasia macrorrhizos'' is a species of flowering plant in the arum family, Araceae, that it is native to rainforests from Malaysia to Queensland...hieroglyph snipped... and has long been cultivated on many Pacific islands and elsewhere in the tropics. Common names include Giant Taro and Elephant Ear Taro, while words for the plant in the various Polynesian languages include Kape , Ape , "''ta'amu''" in Samoan language, and Pulaka . In Australia it is known as the "cunjevoi" . It is edible if cooked for a long time but its sap irritates the skin due to calcium oxalate crytals, or raphides which are needle like. ''Alocasia'' species are commonly found in marketplaces in Samoa and Tonga and other parts of Polynesia. The varieties recognized in Tahiti are the Ape oa, haparu, maota, and uahea. The giant heart-shaped leaves make impromptu umbrellas in tropical downpours.

The Hawaiian saying: Ai no i ka ʻape he naneʻo no ka nuku means "there will be consequences for partaking of something bad".

In a recent study, it was found out that the domesticated giant taro originated from the Philippines.
Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassMonocots
OrderAlismatales
FamilyAraceae
GenusAlocasia
SpeciesA. macrorrhizos
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