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Colocasia esculenta - Aaluki, Green Taro

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Aaluki, Keshavanagadde, Taro

Aaluki or Taro commonly refers to the plant Colocasia esculenta. The most widely cultivated species of several plants in the Araceae family which are used as vegetables for their corm, leaves, and petioles.


Ear ache , Otorrhoea, Internal hemorrhages, Inflamed glands, Buboes, Asthma, Piles, Diarrhea[1]

Parts Used

Leaves, Stem, All parts[1]

Chemical Composition

The bioactive constituents and antioxidant activities of raw, fried and decoctions of cocoyam (Colocasia esculenta) tubers were investigated.[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada ಕೇಸವೆ Kesave
Hindi Arvi, Ashukachu
Malayalam Chempu, Chempakizhanna
Tamil Sempu, shamakkilangu
Telugu Chamadumpa, Chamagadda
Marathi Alvancha kanda
Gujarathi Alavi
Punjabi Gagli
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Dalasarini
English Taro, cocoyam, Green taro



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.









Evergreen Perennial



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Non-Palm Foliage (Cordate) Foliar Venation is Pinnate / Net and Foliar Margin is Entire - Wavy / Undulate



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 4-10cm long Yellow / Golden 5-10 Flower Grouping is Cluster / Inflorescence and Inflorescence Type is Spathe & Spadix. Flowering from September to October


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Round Clearly grooved lengthwise, Lowest hooked hairs aligned towards crown With hooked hairs Fruiting from September to October

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

Taro is a plant of the moist to humid tropics, where it can be grown at elevations up to 2,700 metres.[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Trophical areas, Humid region.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.216, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #45, Paapannana Tota, 1st Main road, Basaveshwara Nagara, Bengaluru.
  2. Bioactive constituents
  3. Common names
  4. Mmorphology
  5. Cultivation Details

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