|Yautia, Tannia Cocoyam, Malanga, 千年芋, Keladi Betawi
Xanthsoma sagittifolium or Yautia is a fast growing herb that grows to 2 m tall. It has arrow-shaped leaves that droops downwards, produces multiple pale brown tubers with pink, yellow or white flesh. Yautias are widely cultivated as a food crop in many countries for its edible tubers. In Cuba and Puerto Rico, they are used to make make sancocho, mondongo, pasteles and alcapurrias.
Classifications and Characteristics
|Plant Growth Form
|Costa Rica to South Tropical America
|Local Conservation Status
Description and Ethnobotany
|A fast-growing herb that reaches up to 2 m tall.
|Its main stem is short, thick, globose to cylindrical, produce arrow-shaped leaves. The petiole grows to 1.5 m long, attached at the base of the leaf. Its leaves are dark green or purplish in color, grows up to 90 cm long and 60 cm wide.
|Its flowers are produced in a spadix inflorescence. The boat-shaped spathe can come in colours of light green, silver green, yellow green or purple. The spathe hoods over the spadix, measuring 15 – 20 cm long.
|Others - Plant Morphology
|Its tubers are pale brown with white, pink or yellow flesh. Each plant produces up to 10 or more tubers.
|Commonly found under the rainforest canopy, naturalized along shady stream banks. Does not grow under flooded or swampy conditions.
|Edible Plant Parts : Edible Storage Organs
Food (Fruit & Vegetable)
|Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant
Plant Care and Propagation
|Well-Drained Soils, Moist Soils
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Simple / Unifoliate
|Foliar Attachment to Stem
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