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Alocasia portei


Alocasia portei Schott

Family Name: Araceae
Synonyms: Schizocasia portei (Schott) Engl., Schizocasia regnieri L.Linden & Rodigas


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Endemic to the Philippines
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Massive, thick - stemmed (pachycaul) herb to 6m tall
Foliage Leaves erect, few in clustered at top of the stem. Petioles to 1.5m long. Leaf blades sagittate, deeply pinnatifid (appearing to be dissected) to 1.5m or longer.
Stems Stem to 40cm in diameter at base, distal ends (apical part of the stem) to 15cm in diameter 
Flowers Inflorescences from center of the crown of leaves, on stalks to 30cm in length. Spathe to 40cm in length, green or dark brownish green. Spadix to 32cm long, female zone white, to 4cm long, male zone whitish, to 8cm long.
Fruit Fruits enclosed in persistent spathe, to 10cm in length.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Focal Plant, Container Planting
Usage Hazard - Cons Irritant - Sap

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water, Occasional Misting
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting, Storage Organ (Corm)


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Brown, Cream / Off-White, Green, White
Inflorescence Type Spathe & Spadix

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Master ID 31090
Species ID 5480
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.