Colucasia escuelnta. TARO, ELEPHANT EARS. Native to swampy areas in tropical southeastern Asia.
ARACEAE (arum family)

"Tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, the root vegetables whose many names include taro and eddoe. It is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated plants . . . All parts of the taro plant contain the acrid compound, calcium oxalate, but this is destroyed by cooking. (Some of the cultivated strains apparently are mild enough that they can be eaten raw.)" (FLORIDATA http://www.floridata.com/ref/c/colo_esc.cfm)

There is a sigle plant growing on the east side of the Carnegie Institute main building.

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Name derivation, genus | species: specific epithet, esculenta, means "edible" in Latin

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