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Re: Alocasia 'Black Magic'

  • Subject: Re: Alocasia 'Black Magic'
  • From: "Sherry Gates" <TheTropix@msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 01:00:00 -0500

Hi Marek,
  The plant in the photo looks more like Alocasia plumbea negro  (a.k.a. A. Metallica). You'll find it sold under both names.  The A. Black Magic that I've seen & grown have more of a velvety appearance to the leaves.  The leaves didn't have that coppery undertone, it would be more of a dark blue, but not necessarily when held up to a light.
                                       Happy growing everyone,
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2010 4:42 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Alocasia 'Black Magic'

Dear Friends,
I have bought a small Alocasia with a trade name 'Black Magic'.
It is very small now, the largest leaf blade is 14 cm.
I append photos of this plant taken with and without flashlight.
When photographed with flash the leaf surface reflects red.
It also reflects red when it is disposed to direct sunlight.
There are red cells(?) not visible under low light.
The adaxial leaf surface is very dark green, almost black,
the abaxial is maroon brown, petioles are light brown
with lighter longitudinal dots 1x2 mm.
The peltate leaf base wraps the petiole.
Do you think it is a species?
How large does it grow?
I attach photos taken using various lighting.
Marek Argent
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