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Colocasia sp., Elephant Ear, Mafafa, Taro Root

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Colocasia gigantea (?)
Colocasia sp.
Family: Araceae
Elephant Ear, Mafafa, Taro Root
Origin: Polynesia and southeastern Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticRegular waterOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant

They are herbaceous perennial plants with a large rhizome on or just below the ground surface. The leaves are large to very large, which are shaped like a large ear or shield.

They are grown outside year-round in subtropical and tropical areas. In temperate regions, they are grown as ornamental plants, planted out for the summer and dug up and stored over winter.





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Colocasia antiquorum Illustris

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Illustris Colocasia is a classic beauty. The heart-shaped,...  more
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Colocasia Thailand Giant - Taro Root, Mafafa

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The biggest leaf on planet!
Taro is native to South India and Southeast Asia. It is primarily grown as a root vegetable for its edible starchy corm, and as a leaf vegetable. It is a food staple in African, Oceanic and South Indian cultures and is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants. It is known by many local names and often referred to as "elephant ears" when grown as an ornamental plant.
The corms, which have a light purple color due to phenolic pigments, are roasted, baked or boiled, and the natural sugars give a sweet nutty flavor. The starch is easily digestible, and since the grains are fine and small it is often used for baby food. The leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C and contain more protein than the corms.
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Cyperus alternifolius, Umbrella Sedge, Galingale, Papyrus

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Cyperus alternifolius
Family: Cyperaceae
Umbrella Sedge, Galingale, Papyrus
Origin: Madagascar, Reunion Island, Mauritius
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeBog or aquaticOrnamental foliageFlood tolerant

Use this plant along the shores of lakes, ponds, and slow moving streams to create masses of hazy light green foliage. A single clump can serve as a focal point, or use in pairs to frame a scene. When used in smaller pools and fishponds, grow papyrus in containers placed underwater.



Cyperus alternifolius, Umbrella Sedge, Galingale, Papyrus

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Cyperus alternifolius, Umbrella Sedge, Galingale, Papyrus

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Cyperus haspan, Dwarf Papyrus, Sharp Edge Sedge, Haspan Flatsedge

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Cyperus haspan viviparus
Cyperus haspan
Family: Cyperaceae
Dwarf Papyrus, Sharp Edge Sedge, Haspan Flatsedge
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunBog or aquaticOrnamental foliageFlood tolerant

Cyperus haspan, Dwarf Papyrus, Sharp Edge Sedge, Haspan Flatsedge

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Cyperus haspan viviparus
Cyperus haspan, Dwarf Papyrus, Sharp Edge Sedge, Haspan Flatsedge

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Cyperus haspan viviparus


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Cyperus haspan - Dwarf Papyrus

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Great as bog plant, for ponds and borders. Can be...  more
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Cyperus papyrus, Papyrus, Paper Reed, Nile Grass

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Cyperus papyrus
Family: Cyperaceae
Papyrus, Paper Reed, Nile Grass
Origin: Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunBog or aquaticKeep soil moist

Cyperus papyrus forms a grass-like clump of triangular green stems that rise up from thick, woody rhizomes. Each stem is topped by a dense cluster of thin, bright green, thread-like rays around 10 to 30 cm (4 to 10 in).

Papyrus sedge forms vast stands in swamps, shallow lakes, and along stream banks.

In Ancient Egypt, papyrus was used for various of purposes such as baskets, sandals, blankets, medicine, incense, and boats including for making papyrus.

All parts of the Sedge, apart from the roots, are annual, and die every winter. New ones grow in the spring. The dead parts remain in the water and do not rot, so that large quantities of organic matter accumulates. The organic matter is compressed and turns into peat.





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Cyperus sp., Flatsedge

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Cyperus giganteus
Cyperus sp.
Family: Cyperaceae
Flatsedge
Bog or aquaticRegular waterOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerantUnknown name

Long on beauty and history, papyrus has been known and used by Man for millennia. Soft green clouds of papyrus lined the Nile River during the time of the pharaohs. In the Bible the infant Moses was found among the bulrushes, as Cyperus papyrus is also called. Ancient Egyptians kept records of their pyramid building activities on papyrus sheets, from which we get the word "paper." Today papyrus is appreciated for its beauty and is often used in ornamental landscapes especially in pools, ponds and containers. Umbrella sedges inxabit damp ground and swamps, and as house-plants, too, they like to have wet feet. The characteristic mark of most of the Cyperus species is an umbrellalike head of leaves. The insignificant little umbellate flowers appear in almost all year long. There are some 600 species, of which Cyperus alternifulius, the subspecies ssp. flabelliformis, Cyperus gracilis, and Cyperius haspan are important as house plants. Now and then it is sold as a fully grown plant, but you can also grow it from seed.

Use this plant along the shores of lakes, ponds, and slow moving streams to create masses of hazy light green foliage. A single clump can serve as a focal point, or use in pairs to frame a scene. When used in smaller pools and fishponds, grow papyrus in containers placed underwater.

Species and varieties:

Cyperus alternifolius

Cyperus giganteus (Piripiri)

Cyperus haspan

Cyperus luzula

Cyperus papyrus





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