Wild taro

Quick Facts

Scientific nameColocasia esculenta
OriginIndia, Southeast Asia
IntroductionEarly 1900s, food crop
Aquatic communityEmergent
HabitatWet soils, shallow water, floating islands
DistributionStatewide
Management effortEradicate new colonies
2012 public waters / plant acres:254 / 724

Environmental and Economic Concerns

  • Displaces native plants, especially along shaded shorelines and in wetlands
  • Expanded from 35% to 60% of Florida’s public water bodies between 1983-2008
  • Shoreline populations break loose, forming floating islands that block access, cover native plant habitat
  • roots in new areas, spreading the infestation
Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia esculenta
Colocasia esculenta

Management Options

 
BiologicalNone available
ChemicalImazamox, 2,4-D + diquat + Kinetic, glyphosate, triclopyr
MechanicalHarvest floating mats; roots fragment into new plant
PhysicalHand pulling; use caution due to oxalic acid irritant in plant

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Status of the Aquatic Plant Maintenance Program in Florida Public Waters, Annual Report – Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

Last updated: 13 May 2013