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Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata'

Family Name: Araceae
Semi-Shade Lots of Water Ornamental Foliage Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is an aroid which can grow about 1 to 3 m tall.
Foliage Its gorgeous leaves are large and heart-shaped. The leaves are variegated with creamy to light-green blotches which can cover over half of the leaf area. Its leaf stalks are also white variegated.
Cultivation It grows best in organic-rich soils with good drainage under partial shaded condition.
Ethnobotanical Uses [Others]: Its unusual attractive leaves can be used in floral arrangements.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water
Propagation Method Division


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, White, Cream / Off-White
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)

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Master ID 344
Species ID 1640
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.