Taro

Colocasia esculenta (Araceae)

Characteristics

Distribution

Natural Medicine Properties

A decoction of the leaves is drunk to promote menstruation.
A decoction, together with some parts of other plants, is taken to relieve stomach problems and to treat cysts.
In New Guinea, the leaves are heated over a fire and are applied as a poultice to boils.
The sap of the leaf stalk is used in treating conjunctivitis
The scraped stem, together with some parts of other plants, is used to create an appetite.
The plant is used to treat wounds.

Did you know?

The plant is antibacterial and hypotensive

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species