Looks like Alocasia gageana by
what I can see of the inflorescences. I have attached pictures of one of my
specimens for comparison. This species is a good temperate Alocasia, and grows
well out doors where the temperature does not drop below freezing very often (morning
frosts one or two months a year).
Here we can have the temperature
drop below freezing for a week or two at a time, and my plants just go dormant,
lose most of their leaves, and look lousy until late spring. They seem to
prefer bright shade with either morning or evening direct sun, and a fair
amount of humidity during the growing season. Outdoors I have grown them to two
meters in height with leaves around a meter in length. In my greenhouse the
growth is far more rapid, with the leaves a bit larger.
This plant is easily confused
with A. macrorhiza (in our area macrorhiza rarely gets more than two meters in
height unless in a greenhouse) , which has a yellow spathe that reflexes away
from the spadix, and A. odora, which has an erect yellow spathe, as opposed to
the green spathe on gageana.
D. Christopher Rogers
Senior Invertebrate Ecologist/
1.530. 383.4798 (cell)
1307 "L" Street
Davis, CA 95616
Moscow, Idaho Ÿ Bozeman, Montana Ÿ Davis, California Ÿ Joplin, Missouri
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Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 4:58 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] ID needed
Does anyone know what this plant is? Found it at a local garden
center. Sorry for the blurry pic of the bloom!