Vascular – Exotic
Widely cultivated in many different forms.
Robust perennial to about 2 m tall in good conditions. Very large ovate-cordate leaves to 50 cm long, with the stalk attached well inside the leaf margin. Very variable, leaves and stalks can be white mottled, green, reddish or purple tinged to almost black. The flower is stout and shorter than the petioles. Plants seldom flower and fruit even more rarely.
Can be distinguished from other members of the Araceae family by the shield-like leaves with the stalk attached well inside the leaf margin (peltate).
Wild in S.E. Asia; cultivated throughout the Pacific.
Reason For Introduction
Plants rarely fruit, most reproduction is vegetative from fragments.
All parts of the plant are poisonous. The roots and leaves may be eaten after cooking.