Alocasia chaii

A very rarely offered for sale and rare in collections, one of the 'jewel Alocasias', Alocasia chaii P.C.Boyce is a small robust herb with stem shortly erect to decumbent stem, eventually forming a short rhizome. Wild plants have rather few leaves (up to 4, usually less), cultivated plants grow several leaves (up to 7). Petioles are stout, pale green with scattered deep red spots and speckles in the lower half. Leaf  lamina are broadly ovato-elliptic, thickly coriaceous to subsucculent, almost completely peltate, adaxially pale matt grey, abaxially greenish white.


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 chaii

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  • Name: Alocasia chaii P.C.Boyce
    Type: Bulb
    Form: Hemicryptophytes or Chamaephytes
    Family: Araceae
    Native Range: Borneo (Sarawak)
    Zone: 12-13
    Habitat: Steep to precipitous leaf litter-covered red clay-loam slopes beneath open to rather dense canopy of moist upper hill forest in light to moderate shade.
    Height: to 40cm
    Spread: 30 to 50cm
    Sun: Part shade
    Water: Medium
    Maintenance: High
    Leaf: Evergreen
    Tolerate: Semi Shade

    Taxon identifiers: PlantList-ID : kew-345844; Tropicos ID : 50312297; IPNI plant ID : 77085613-1; NCBI taxonomy ID : 1132775; GBIF taxonKey : 5329852; WCSPF ID : 345844; Plants of the World online ID :; World Flora Online ID : wfo-0000807612; Open Tree of Life ID : 262133

    Synonyms: no synonyms recorded