Xanthosoma sagittifolia (L.) Schott

Arrowleaf Elephant Ear

Family: Araceae

Genus: Xanthocyparis

Category: Perennial

Zones: Texas and Florida 8+ ? (9-11)

Size: To 6' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Arrow shaped leaves to 3' diameter. Edible starchy tuber - Malanga.


Native to the Caribbean and South America.

Published in Melet. Bot. 19 in 1832.

Basionym Arum sagittifolium L.

Reveal (2009) lists Catesby's Natural History Volume II plate45 as X. sagittifolium.


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