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Black Magic Taro

Popular name: Black magic taro
Scientific name: Colocasia esculenta ‘aquatilis’

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The contrast of the purple taro ravishes visitors at Inhotim. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
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The size, color, and texture of its leaves give an interesting ornamental aspect to the plant. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

Cultivated in different parts of the world, the species Colocasia esculenta is an important source of food for populations of tropical and subtropical regions. The ‘aquatilis’ variety, popularly known as purple taro, is mostly used for ornamental purposes and one of the most iconic of the Inhotim collection, standing out for its deep-purple hue and the velvety texture of the leaves. At Inhotim, it is cropped in big groups called solids.

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As they grow old, the leaves of the purple taro lose the pigment anthocyanin and become reddish. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.



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