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Aglaonema commutatum 'Tricolor'

Family Name: Araceae
Full Shade Semi-Shade Moderate Water Occasional Misting Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage Woody Herbaceous


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Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Herbaceous)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Shrubby

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Herbaceous perennial with upright growth habit.
Foliage Large, alternate leaves are oblong with entire leaf margin (smooth, not toothed or lobed) and acute leaf apex (tapering to a point). Leaves are mostly light green border with dark green, irregular spots that mostly occur near the leaf margin, but also sparsely scattered throughout the leaf blade. Leaf petiole is long and white.
Flowers Flowers consist of a greenish spathe and white spadix.
Cultivation This easy-to-grow, drought tolerant cultivar grows well in shallow containers with well-drained soil. It is usually resistant to pests, but sometimes attacked by scale insects, mealy bugs, and red spider mites.
Etymology The genus "Aglaonema" is derived from the Greek words that mean bright ("aglos") and thread ("nema").
Ethnobotanical Uses [Others]: Aglaonema spp. absorb toxic formaldehyde in the air, thus purifying the air.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Stems, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Fertile Loamy Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses General, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant
Thematic Landscaping Silver Garden, Naturalistic Garden
Usage Hazard - Cons Toxic Upon Ingestion

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade, Full Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Maintenance Requirements Moderate
Propagation Method Storage Organ, Division


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Silver / Grey, Green - Light Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Leathery, Thick
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Margin Entire
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Herbaceous
Root Type Underground (Fibrous Root)
Specialised Storage Organ(s) Underground (Rhizome)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Green - Light Green, White

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Master ID 321
Species ID 1617
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.