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locasia Regal Shields has nearly black leaves with a burgundy underneath; a dark green topside and purple underside with lime green veins.
This green shade turns darker towards the centre of the leaf enhancing the beauty of the plant. The lower side has prominent reddish brown veins against a light green leaf surface.
The plant has many further varieties with slight differences from the main species.
A beautiful dwarf variety which contains a significant amount of black coloration on the leaf surface. Leaves are ovate, elliptic and almost totally peltate. The upper leaf surface is a dramatic green-black color, and the lower leaf surface is a rich purple. This very unique and exotic plant would make a great addition to the collection of any seasoned plant collector. Place them in filtered sunlight sitting in a moist pebble tray. Allow the soils surface to dry down before watering. Feed only when the plant is actively growing with a liquid balanced plant food. "Black Velvet" is hard to find. These beautiful plants are usually grown in 4" and 6" inch containers.
It forms a tall trunk or stem in time and has a crown of delicate heart shaped, 3 to 6in leaves of solid green.
This species derives its name, cuprea, from the unusual coppery appearance of the leaves. This color is especially pronounced on juvenile leaves, and the back of the leaf is a deep purple, but there is also a greener leaf form of the plant.
Purple Sword features dark purple sword shaped leaves and purple stems.
The Alocasia Lauterbachiana requires bright indirect sunlight which improves the leaf colour of your plant.
Water using room temperature water, in smaller regular amounts to achieve moist, but not soggy soil.
Alocasia macrorrhiza is similar to other large-leafed arums such as the Xanthosoma sagittifolium, Peltrandra spp., and Colocasia esculenta, often called Taro. Alocasia macrorrhiza differs from the others in having an upright stem and holding its leaves upright, and in several technical characteristics that mean a lot to the botanists. Numerous hybrids have been produced from among the various Elephant Ear species, and it's not always possible to identify particular specimens.
It produced insignificant but fragrant white flowers on a sradix enclosed in a leaf-like, yellow-green spathe.
Giant taro is cultivated throughout the tropics for its edible rhizomes and shoots.
Alocasias require continual warmth and humidity. The soil should be rich but well drained, and the plant appreciates frequent watering (daily in hot weather), especially as if grows larger. Note however, that when the plant is young and small, too much water (particularly if the weather is cold) will rot the tuber, so be careful not to overdo it.
Bright light is preferred, but it will do well in anything up to 80 percent shade. Leaves tend to grow larger in shadier positions. Full sun is usually not preferred and may discolour the leaves, although it will usually cope with a bit of full sun provided it can get enough water.
These plants are mainly valued for their gorgeous leaves, which are very large, heart-shaped. They also produce small, calla-like fragrant flower spathes.
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens.
Thick textured velvety rich green leaves.