Sorting Colocasia names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :



Colocasia antiquorum Schott & Endl.

SYNONYM(S) : Arum colocasia L., Caladium colocasia (L.) Schott ex Wight, Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott var. antiquorum (Schott) Hubb. & Rehd., Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott var. antiquorum (Schott & Endl.) F. T. Hubb. & Rehder

CHINESE : Ye yu.

ENGLISH : Wild taro.

JAPANESE : Sato imo.

KOREAN : T'o ran.

THAI : Phuak.

VIETNAMESE :    Khoai môn,  Khoai sọ.


Colocasia affinis Schott

ENGLISH : Black-leaved taro, Purple-leaved taro.

Colocasia affinis Schott 'Jenningsii'

SYNONYM(S) : Colocasia affinis Schott var. jenningsii (Veitch) Engl.

CHINESE : Zi ye yu.

ENGLISH : Black caladium.

Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott

SYNONYM(S) : Arum esculentum L., Caladium esculentum (L.) Vent., Colocasia antiquorum Schott , Colocasia antiquorum Schott var. esculenta (L.) Schott

AFRIKAANS : Amadoembie.

CHINESE : Yu, Yu tou.

ENGLISH : Cocoyam, Dasheen, Eddo, Elephant's ear, Taro, Taro potato.

FRENCH : Colocasie.

GERMAN : Kolokasie, Yamswurzel.

HINDI : xxx Awaiting feedback.

ITALIAN : xxx Awaiting feedback.

JAPANESE : Sato imo.

KOREAN : T'a ro t'o ran.

MALAY : Daun keladi, Talas (Indonesia).

SPANISH : xxxx Awaiting feedback.

THAI : Bai bon, Bon, Bon chin dam, Bon nam, Phuak (Phueak), Pheuak.

VIETNAMESE :   Khoai môn, Khoai nước.

ZULU : Amadumbe.


Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott 'Black Magic'

ENGLISH : Dark-leaved taro, "Black Magic" taro, Dark-leaved elephant's ears.

Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott 'Black Marble'

ENGLISH : Red-stemmed taro.

Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott 'Fontanesii'

ENGLISH : Black stem taro, Black-stemmed elephant's ears, Burgundy stem taro, Violet-stemmed taro.


Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott 'Illustris'

SYNONYM(S) : Colocasia antiquorum Schott 'Illustris'

ENGLISH : Black caladium, Green-veined black-leaved elephant's ear, Imperial taro.

Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott 'Midnight'

ENGLISH : Red-stemmed taro.

Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott 'Ruffles'

ENGLISH : Scallop-edge-leaved elephant's ears.

Colocasia fallax Schott

ENGLISH : Silver-leaved taro.

Colocasia fontanesii Schott

ENGLISH : Black-stemmed taro.

Colocasia gigantea (Blume) Hook. f.

SYNONYM(S) : Colocasia indica (Lour.) Hassk.

CHINESE : Yin di yu.

ENGLISH : Giant elephant's ears, Green taro.

JAPANESE : Hasu imo.

THAI : Khun, Ok dip, Thun (Don Daeng).


Colocasia violacea (hort.) Hook. f.

ENGLISH : Purple taro, Purple elephant's ears, Violet-stemmed taro.

General Bibliography


Complementary / Specific


EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 12 languages provided by the European Commission < >.

Mabberley D.J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

USDA, ARS, 2002, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (xx xxxx 2003).

Wang Zongxun et al. 1996, A New Latin, Chinese, English Botanical Nomenclature. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany. Aviation Industry Publisher, Beijing.

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.


Contributors to this page (Personal communication) : In progress.


Complementary / Specific


Galloway Alan, 2002, Photographic Galleries of Aroids. North Carolina State University. USA. < >.


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