EPPO Global Database

Xanthosoma sagittifolium(XATSA)

Code created in: 1999-10-17

Basic information
  • EPPO Code: XATSA
  • Preferred name: Xanthosoma sagittifolium
  • Authority: (Linnaeus) Schott


South America (northwestern) to northeastern Brazil. Cultivated for its edible tubers. Propagated vegetatively so that numerous cultivars exist, some of which may be of hybrid origin. Accordingly, the name is frequently used to cover all cultivated xanthosomas with edible tubers. Introduced in Bangladesh, Malesia, Guinée, Gabon, Zaïre, Zimbabwe, several African countries, USA (Florida), Central America, Caribbean, Pacific islands

Other scientific names
Name Authority
Xanthosoma mafaffa Schott
Xanthosoma roseum Schott

Common names
Name Language
tannia English
yellow ocumo English
yellow yautia English
Goldnarbe German
Okumo German
chou caraïbe French
macabo French
malanga French
tannie French
aro de hojas alfechadas Spanish (MX)
malanga blanca Spanish
malanguay Spanish (CO)
mangarito Spanish
inhame Portuguese
mangaras Portuguese (BR)