Elephant's Ear (Elephants Ear, Alocasia; Taro)

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  • Common Name: Elephant's Ear (Elephants Ear, Alocasia; Taro)
  • Latin Name: Alocasia spp.
  • Family Name: Araceae

Used as a houseplant in the UK, the Alocasia contains very sharp calcium oxalate raphide crystals, which if ingested can cause pain in the throat, tongue and mouth, gastric irritation, and result in difficulty in breathing, so not one to have near the tortoise enclosure.

Do not confuse with Bergenia, which is also called Elephant's Ear.  See Bergenia.

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