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Cyrtosperma merkusii
(giant swamp taro)

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Cyrtosperma merkusii (giant swamp taro)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 15 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Cyrtosperma merkusii
  • Preferred Common Name
  • giant swamp taro
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Monocotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Fibre
  • Ornamental
  • Source of medicine/pharmaceutical
  • Vegetable

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Pictures

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C. merkusii: 1, habit of leaf; 2, leaf blade with part of petiole; 3, inflorescence; 4, flowers; 5, infructescence; 6, part of infructescence with fruits and seeds.

Reproduced from the series 'Plant Resources of South-East Asia', by kind permission of the PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia.
TitleC. merkusii - line drawing
CaptionC. merkusii: 1, habit of leaf; 2, leaf blade with part of petiole; 3, inflorescence; 4, flowers; 5, infructescence; 6, part of infructescence with fruits and seeds. Reproduced from the series 'Plant Resources of South-East Asia', by kind permission of the PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia.
CopyrightPROSEA Foundation
C. merkusii: 1, habit of leaf; 2, leaf blade with part of petiole; 3, inflorescence; 4, flowers; 5, infructescence; 6, part of infructescence with fruits and seeds.

Reproduced from the series 'Plant Resources of South-East Asia', by kind permission of the PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia.
C. merkusii - line drawingC. merkusii: 1, habit of leaf; 2, leaf blade with part of petiole; 3, inflorescence; 4, flowers; 5, infructescence; 6, part of infructescence with fruits and seeds. Reproduced from the series 'Plant Resources of South-East Asia', by kind permission of the PROSEA Foundation, Bogor, Indonesia.PROSEA Foundation

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Cyrtosperma merkusii (Hassk.) Schott

Preferred Common Name

  • giant swamp taro

Other Scientific Names

  • Cyrtosperma chamissonis (Schott) Merrill (1914)
  • Cyrtosperma edule Schott ex Seem. (1861)
  • Cyrtosperma lasioides Griffith (1851)

International Common Names

  • English: babai; swamp taro

Local Common Names

  • Malaysia: birah hutan; geli-geli; keladi pari
  • Philippines: galiang; palauan
  • Solomon Islands: kakake
  • Thailand: kli
  • Vietnam: hajt cong

EPPO code

  • CZMED (Cyrtosperma edule)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Monocotyledonae
  •                     Order: Arales
  •                         Family: Araceae
  •                             Genus: Cyrtosperma
  •                                 Species: Cyrtosperma merkusii

Uses List

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General

  • Ornamental

Human food and beverage

  • Vegetable

Materials

  • Fibre

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Source of medicine/pharmaceutical