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Taxon: Leucocasia gigantea (Blume) Schott

Genus: Leucocasia
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Colocasieae
Nomen number: 476257
Place of publication: Oesterr. Bot. Wochenbl. 7:34. 1857
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 11-Sep-2015 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 1 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use) and synonyms:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym)

Economic Importance:

  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals (as Colocasia gigantea)

Distributional Range:


    • CHINA: China [Fujian Sheng, Jiangxi Sheng, Guangdong Sheng, Yunnan Sheng, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu]

    • INDO-CHINA: Laos, Vietnam
    • MALESIA: Indonesia, [Kalimantan, Jawa, Maluku, Sumatera] Malaysia


  1. Ahmed, L. et al. 2013. Identification of chloroplast genome loci suitable for high-resolution phylogeographic studies of Colocasia esculenta (L.) Schott (Araceae) and closely related taxa. Molec. Ecol. Resources 13:936. Note: mentions
  2. Boyce, P. C. & T. B. Croat. Überlist of Araceae. Totals for published and estimated number of species in Aroid genera
  3. Irwin, S. V. et al. 1998. Molecular characterization of taro (Colocasia esculenta) using RAPD markers. Euphytica 99:183-189. Note: it included one sample of Colocasia gigantea that had less than 25% similarity to accessions of C. esculenta
  4. Nauheimer, L. et al. 2012. Giant taro and its relatives: a phylogeny of the large genus Alocasia (Araceae) sheds light on Miocene floristic exchange in the Malesian region. Molec. Phylogenet. Evol. 63:43-51.
  5. Serviss, B. E. et al. 2000. Occurrence, distribution, and ecology of Alocasia, Caladium, Colocasia, and Xanthosoma (Araceae) in the southeastern United States. Sida 19:167. Note: as Colocasia gigantea and "rarely cultivated"

Check other web resources for Leucocasia gigantea (Blume) Schott :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=476257. Accessed 24 August 2019.