Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Marginal emergent aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Tropics
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in ditches, shores, bottomland hardwood forests, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
US Fish & Wildlife Service

 

LEAVES:

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Green/ Yellow/ Pale orange
Unisexual
3-6 stamens in staminate flowers
Inflorescence a spadix

FRUIT:

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Alismatales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Colocasia esculenta   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Colocasia esculenta   FAMILY Araceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Colocasia antiquorum

 

COMMON NAME:
Elephant's Ear, Taro, Dasheen


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John Ruter, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_1582898

Month Unknown        

Particularly a problem along waterways, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org    bug_5307014

Month Unknown        

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David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5344097

Month Unknown        

Leaves are held on 3' long petioles that attach in the center of the leaf, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Arrowhead, Arum, Elephant's Ear and Pickerelweed

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David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5344098

Month Unknown        

Leaves shaped like an elephant's ear or a fat arrowhead, 2-3' long, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Arrowhead, Arum, Elephant's Ear and Pickerelweed

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David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org    bug_5345005

Month Unknown        

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Victor Ramey, University of Florida, Bugwood.org    bug_5349037

Month Unknown        

Tiny flowers on a fleshy stalk (spadix) covered by a yellow hood (spathe), per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.