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  Alocasia cucullata
  Family Name : Araceae

  Common Names : Chinese Taro, Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear

Chinese Taro,Hooded Dwarf Elephant Ear
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A clumping evergreen herb, growing up to 1 m tall. 
      Foliage: Leaf blade broadly ovate to cordate, measuring 10 - 40 cm by 7 - 25 cm; base cordate; apex acute.
      Stems: Upright growing stems, hypogeal.
      Flowers: Inflorescence solitary although sometimes paired; peduncle 20 - 30 cm; spathe is green, measuring 9 - 15 cm; spadix is yellowish-white, measuring 8 - 15 cm.
      Fruits: Berry, subglobose, red when ripens, measures 6 - 8 mm in diameter.
      Cultivation :
      This species can grow under full sun to deep shade and tolerates waterlogged soils. However, it should not be grown submerged under water.   
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Stems)
      Medicinal (The corms are eaten to cure rheumatism and aches. However, they have to be cooked thoroughly in order to break down the calcium-oxalate crystals which are poisonous. )
      [Others]: In Asian countries, this species is sometimes called ‘Buddha’s Hand’, because the large leaves are thought to resemble Buddha’s hands. Some people in Thailand and Laos grow this plant in front of their house, because they believe it brings good fortune.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate; Cordate)
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Spathe & Spadix
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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