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  Xanthosoma atrovirens 'Variegatum Monstrosum'
  Family Name : Araceae

  Synonyms : Xanthosoma albomarginata

  Common Names : Mickey Mouse Taro, Mouse Cup, Pocket Plant

Mickey Mouse Taro,Mouse Cup,Pocket Plant
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Of horticultural origin
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a herbaceous aroid plant that grows about 1 - 1.5 m tall.
      Foliage: Its leaves are variegated and the leaf blade has an interesting shape which resembles the Disney character 'Mickey Mouse', thus the common name. The leaf base part is sagittate, while the upper part is reduced to a thin string.
      Cultivation :
      The plant needs partial shade and moist soils to grow well. Water the plant when the first inch of soils are dry. Do not let the plant sit in water, 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Easy to Grow
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Silver Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Irritant - Sap
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Storage Organ, Division
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White, Green, White, Patterned
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Sagittate)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Shortened Internodes
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flowering Period :
      A Few Times Yearly
      Flowering Habit :

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