Xanthosoma aurea is a collector's plant, mainly grown in botanical gardens and greenhouses, rarely as a houseplant. It belongs to the Araceae family and, due to its appearance, is a relative of such plants as Alocasia and Colocasia. The plant has no clear origin, but it is known to be native to tropical America and is prized for its starchy tubers and edible leaves.
Xanthosoma aurea can be identified by its distinctive yellow-green leaves that grow more than 45 cm (1.5 ft) wide. It has a thick underground stem in the form of a rhizome, from which shoots and peduncles grow later.
The spathe is cylindrical in shape, with male flowers in the upper part, and barren and female flowers in the middle and lower part, respectively. Grows for 9 to 11 months, with bulbs and leaves developing in the first 6 months, and at the end of growth, the leaves begin to dry, indicating readiness for harvest.
The entire plant contains sharp oxalate crystals that irritate the skin, so it is prepared before consumption.