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
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.
Senior Invertebrate Ecologist/
Moscow, Idaho Ÿ Bozeman, Montana Ÿ Davis, California Ÿ Joplin, Missouri
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anyone know what this plant is? Found it at a local garden center. Sorry for
the blurry pic of the bloom!