Alocasia 'Antoro velvet'

Wonderfully textured, only known Alocasia with conspicuosly pubescent (hairy) foliage, not yet described, Alocasia 'Antoro velvet' - a tuberous, herbaceous  species, this particular was not yet described. Most likely native to the tropics of Borneo. Very showy foliage. The leaves are heart to arrowhead-shaped, pubescent (hairy or fuzzy) dark green when juvenile to almost black when mature, each held singly atop long and sturdy succulent stems.

 

The name Antoro velvet comes from the name of the collector who found this plant. The working name, under which it is supposed to be published, once its inflorescence is seen and described,  is Alocasia chienlii.

 

Genus name comes from the Greek words a meaning without and Colocasia the name of a closely allied genus, from which it was separated.

Alocasia 'Antoro velvet'

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  • Name: Alocasia sp. (working name: Alocasia chienlii)
    Common Name: Alocasia 'Antoro velvet'
    Type: Bulb
    Form: Chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range: Borneo (not confirmed)
    Zone: 12 (not confirmed)
    Habitat: warm, very humid, shady tropical forest habitat
    Height: 30 to 40cm
    Spread: 30 to 40cm
    Sun: Part shade to full shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: Medium
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade