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ative Photo: Amber Srivastava
Common name: Taro, cocoyam, Green taro, aivi, dasheen • Hindi: अरवी Arvi, Ashukachu, कचालू Kachalu • Manipuri: পান Pan • Marathi: आलू aaloo, चेम्पू Chempu, रान आलू Ran aalu • Tamil: Sempu, shamakkilangu • Malayalam: Chempu, Chempakizhanna • Telugu: Chamadumpa, Chamagadda, Chamakura • Kannada: Kesavedantu, Keshavanagadde • Bengali: Kachu, Alti kachu • Oriya: Jongal saaru • Mizo: Bal, Dawl • Sanskrit: Aaluki, Alukam, Alupam, kachchi • Tangkhul: Pai
Botanical name: Colocasia esculenta    Family: Araceae (Arum family)

Taro is a tuberous bulb plant growing 3-5 ft tall. The large leaves of the plant resemble elephant ears. It produces heart shaped leaves 2-3 ft long and 1-2 ft across on 3 ft long stalks that all emerge from an upright tuberous rootstock, technically a corm. The inflorescence, which is rarely produced in cultivated plants, is a pale green spathe and spadix, typical of the arum family. The corm is shaped like a top with rough ridges, lumps and spindly roots, and usually weighs around 0.5-1 kg, but occasionally as much as 3.5 kg. The skin is brown and the flesh is white or pink. Certain kinds of taros produce smaller tubers or "cormels" which grow off the sides of the main corm.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Dehradun, Uttarakhand & Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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