I don't think A. wentii proper is in cultivation at all. It certainly
bears no resemblance to plants in cultivation known as A. wentii.
The thing figured in Burnett's account of Alocasia (Aroideana 7:
fig.60) as A. wentii is evidently a hybrid with A. cuprea and
something else unknown to me.
Alocasias certainly hybridise freely in cultivation (and occasionally
in the wild) - even between quite distantly related species. Some
hybrids are themselves fertile.
Hilo Beauty does not look like an Alocasia to me: more likely a
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Author: <firstname.lastname@example.org> at mailgate
Date: 31/3/99 8:47
1) I have just obtained a magnificent plant of A.wentii (very large, 4 feet
plus high and with beautiful purple reverse to the leaves). I understand that
this plant may actually be a hybrid and that the real wentii is not in general
cultivation. If that is the case can anyone tell me the parentage of the
2) Do Alocasias hybridize easily? The A. wentii is coming in to flower and I
thought I would try to cross it with another species if I can find one in
3) Lastly does anyone have seeds/tubers of A. Hilo Beauty? (if it sets seeds
at all!). This is impossible to obtain in Britain and it is SO beautiful.....