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  Alocasia lauterbachiana (Engl.) A. Hay
  Family Name : Araceae

  Synonyms : Xenophya lauterbachiana, Alocasia wavriniana, Schizocasia lauterbachiana

  Common Names : Alocasia

  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      1.5 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Papua New Guinea
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      [Others]: Growth Form: Evergreen, rhizomatous shrub that forms dense clumps. Stem: Short, herbaceous stem (5 cm wide). Foliage: Narrow, erect leaves are lance-shaped (40 - 50 cm long, 8 - 10 cm wide). Leaf margin is pinnately lobed, having a scalloped edge. Leaves are spirally arranged and directly attached to the top of the short stem. Petioles are curled inward like a cone and striped or mottled dark purple and olive green. The midvein and lateral veins branching off the midvein are raised. The upper surface of leaves is dark green, while the lower surface is purple to reddish purple. Young leaves are glossy, but become waxy at maturity. Flowers: Whitish to greenish flowers resemble calla flowers. The flower consists of a stick-like spadix and petal-like spathe that surrounds the spadix like a hood. Fruits: Fruits are reddish berries. Landscaping: This species is easy to maintain and grows well indoors. It is grown for its ornamental foliage which have a tropical look. The unique shape of the spirally arranged, erect leaves make this species an ideal focal plant. This species is relatively new to the horticultural trade. Cultivation: Plant this species in fertile, well-drained soil that is kept moist. It grows well in slightly acidic to acidic soils (pH 5.5 - 6.5). Individuals should be planted 0.3 - 0.5 m apart. Plants should be protected from the wind. Try to avoid moving the plant or transplanting it, because it may cause the outer leaves to turn yellow. This species forms dense clumps that need to be thinned regularly. It is susceptible to mealy bugs and scale insects, as well as bacterial and fungal diseases that attack the leaves. Propagation: Propagate by seed, stem cuttings or dividing the rhizome. Etymology: The species epithet "lauterbachiana" was likely named after Carl Lauterbach, a German botanist who discovered the Yellow-breasted Bowerbird in 1896. Caution: The various parts of this species are toxic and should not be consumed.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Acidic (low pH) Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Toxic Upon Ingestion
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
      Planting Distance :
      0.3 m to 0.5 m
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting, Division
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Leathery, Raised / Sunken Veins
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Pinnately Lobed / Pinnatifid
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Truncate / Square
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Macrophyll ( 182.25cm2 - 1640.25 cm2 )
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Root Type :
      Underground (Tap Root), Aboveground (Prop / Stilt Root)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White, Green
      Flower Symmetry :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Spathe & Spadix
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Non-Accessory Fruit: Berry)

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