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ʻApe

Alocasia macrorrhiza

Polynesian Introduction

Able to grow up to 15 ft. (~4.5 m) tall, ʻape (pronounced ah-pay) has shiny green leaves that can get up to 5 ft. (1.5 m) long and 2 ft. (0.6 m) wide. It shares many similarities with its close relative Kalo (Taro) such as leaf shape,

Uses

ʻApe was eaten only as a famine food as it has