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Taxonomy and ethnobotany of Colocasia esculenta and C. formosana (Araceae): implications for the evolution, natural range, and domestication of taro

  title={Taxonomy and ethnobotany of Colocasia esculenta and C. formosana (Araceae): implications for the evolution, natural range, and domestication of taro},
  author={Peter J Matthews and Van Du Nguyen and Daniel Tandang and Esperanza Maribel G Agoo and Domingo A. Madulid},
A critical problem for the taxonomy of taro (C. esculenta), and for understanding the evolution and domestication of this species, is that there is no way to recognise, by simple visual inspection, a wild population of taro as part of a natural distribution. This is because people throughout Southeast Asia have long used wild taro as a vegetable for human and animal consumption (as food and fodder). The example of C. formosana Hayata is introduced here because our observations so far indicate… Expand

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