Herb to more than 50 cm tall with tubers roundish. Leaves ovate to elliptic, peltate, to 30 cm or more long and 15-25 cm wide; stalks variegated. Spathes to 10 cm long, the tube green outside, whitish-green inside, blade whitish; spring to autumn. Spadix with male zone 3-6 cm long. [c._hortulanum Birdsey]
An important indoor plant with numerous variegated cultivars (some with leaves virtually white) that has become naturalised in the tropics where it is known for its irritant sap.
Source: (2005). Araceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.