I spent this past weekend in Daytona Beach and snapped quite a few pictures of the floral landscape around my daughter’s apartment. While organizing the photos for a full length post, I realized two were PERFECT in size, name, and perspective for the the internet meme, Macro Monday:
Giant Taro (aka Alocasia Macrorrhiza ) is an herbaceous, tropical perennial and member of the aroid family. At maturity, the whole plant spreads 6-10 ft across, reaching heights of 12-15ft! The arrow-shaped leaves are also gigantic, measuring 3-6 ft long by 2-4 ft wide. Unlike other “elephant ear” perennials, A Macrorrhiza holds its leaves upright via upright trunks and petioles.
Giant Taros spread by underground rhizomes that yield new plants if divided between the upright stems. As you’ll see in the next photo, offsets often develop at the base of the original plant:
I can say–with certainty–these little offshoots pull up quite easily. 🙂 They’re currently in water buckets, waiting to be re-planted in my backyard!
Until next time……
🙂 🙂 🙂
- Macro Monday Moncton (backyardgardeningtips.com)
- http://www.eattheweeds.com/giant-taro/ (Edible Giant Taro)