Purple-Stem Taro
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Purple-Stem Taro
P Native Photo: Huirem Bhabini
Common name: Purple Stem Taro, Black Stem Taro • Bengali: নীল কচু Neel Kochu • Manipuri: ꯄꯥꯟꯎꯀꯥꯕꯤ Panukabi, ꯄꯥꯜꯎꯀꯥꯕꯤ Palukabi
Botanical name: Colocasia fontanesii    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Colocasia gaoligongensis, Colocasia gongii

Purple Stem Taro is a species that has been under confusion for a long time. It is a robust plant that can grow up to 2 m tall. It is similar to Colocasia esculenta, but has narrower and more oblong leaves. Leaves are green, tinged with purple. Leaf-stalks are dark purple in color. Flower-cluster-stalk is also purple in color, and the spathe is bright yellow. Purple Stem Taro is native to NE India to China (W. & S. Yunnan) and N. Indo-China. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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