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Caladium praetermissum Bogner & Hett.

Family Name: Araceae
Synonyms: Alocasia Hilo Beauty
Common Name: Hilo Beauty Elephant Ear
Semi-Shade Lots of Water Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Foliage Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

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


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a herbaceous plant which grows to about 1 m tall with big leaves.
Foliage Its leaves are pale to medium green, marked with irregular creamy to yellowish green spots.
Stems It has underground rhizomes measuring to 18 cm long.
Flowers The spadix is shorter than the spathe. The spathe is about 10 cm long, creamy-colored.
Taxonomy This species has been misidentified by the horticultural trade as Alocasia 'Hilo Beauty'. The correct name should be Caldium praetermissum.
Cultivation It prefers rich soil with good drainage.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Parks & Gardens, Container Planting
Usage Hazard - Cons Irritant - Sap

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Yellow / Golden
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 339
Species ID 1635
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.