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Arrowleaf elephant's ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium)

Arrowleaf elephant's ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is a plant species in Araceae, 0.4 to 1.5 m high, has no stem and is not woody, waxy leaves, important tuber producers where corm that grows underground is a source of carbohydrates and cultivated since ancient times.

X. sagittifolium has 2-5 leaves with green stems, dark green or purplish stripes, 23-150 cm long and the base is a midrib. Leaves have a size of 6.60x7.53 cm, round eggs, oval with tapered ends, sometimes purplish in color around the stalks, waxy and rounded base.

Dlium Arrowleaf elephant's ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium)


The flower comes in the cob on the armpit of the leaf. The sheath has a green or yellow or white and fall out. Arrowleaf elephant's ear is grown for tubers as an important source of carbohydrates. Tubers can be processed by steaming, boiling, baking, frying, or processed into flour, porridge, cakes, pasta and fermented to produce pudding.



Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Subphylum: Angiospermae
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Caladieae
Genus: Xanthosoma
Species: Xanthosoma sagittifolium

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