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Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro

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 Cyrtosperma merkusii
Family: Araceae
Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro
Origin: Southeast Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticKeep soil moistEdiblePoisonous or toxicThorny or spiny

Robust to gigantic herb, up to 4 m tall, growing solitarily or in clumps. Rhizome short and slender to tuberous and very large, cylindrical, up to 2 m long and 0.6 m in diameter, sometimes globose, weighing up to 70 kg or even more, producing few to many suckers. Cyrtosperma merkusii used to be cultivated as a food crop in a manner similar to Taro (Colocasia). Since the unprocessed corms are toxic, they must always be cooked, usually in an earth oven.


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 Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro

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Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro

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Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro

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Cyrtosperma merkusii, Pulaka, Swamp Taro, Giant Swamp Taro

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