Colocasia gigantea, is a plant of the genus Colocasia in the family (family) Araceae. This plant is also known as “Giant Elephant Ear” or “Indian Taro”, some call it “Thai Giant”.
This Colocasia gigantea plant comes from Thailand and the Indochina region. Has a height can reach 1.5 – 3 m. The leaves are wide, large and fibrous. In its natural habitat this plant can reach a height of 9 m. The leaves can reach a length of 5 m with a width of up to 4 meters. A super large size. The whole plant has a light bluish green color. The leaves form several mutated growths under the leaf that are difficult to describe, but are similar to small leaves attached to the underside of large leaves. The flowers come out usually 3 to 5 flowers or more at a time, with white spaths.
In some countries in Southeast Asia as well as in Japan, the tubers and petioles of Colocasia gigantea are used as vegetables. In Vietnam this plant is known as Bac Ha, which is also used as a mixture in rice vermicelli soup.
Colocasia gigantea (Blume ex Hassk.) Hook.f.
Colocasia gigantea, at first glance, has a similar appearance to Alocasia macrorrizhos, and initially this C. gigantea plant was thought to be the result of a natural cross between Alocasia macrorrizhos and Colocasia esculenta.