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Re: Alocasia cultivars

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Alocasia cultivars
  • From: Ron Weeks <rhweeks@ibm.net>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2000 16:58:55 -0500 (CDT)


Alocasia "Portadora" and A. "Portora" are different selections from the
same A. portei x A. odora cross made by Larry Garner in the early
1980's. The name A. "xportora" is a typo for portora that I neglected to
correct. Larry chose the name "Portora". I believe the name "Portadora"
came from a California producer.

Larry wrote about his work in Hybridizing Alocasias for the Landscape,
Aroideana volume 6, number 3. Several photos are in The Cultivated
Alocasia, Aroideana volume 7, number 3-4.

I purchased many of the "Portora" and "Calidora" seedlings and grew them
out to make the best selection for tissue culture production. The plants
ranged from lance leaf miniatures to broadleaf giants. Petioles and
veins in A. Portora  went from reddish to a pale yellow. With the help
of Jim Georgusis two forms of A. Portora and one A. Calidora were
selected for TC production. Both A. Portora, a red and a green form, had
large, broad upright leaves and were strong growers. The green A.
Portora was dropped because landscapers either preferred the red form or
did not care.

Ron Weeks

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