Alocasia longiloba Miq.

Etymology Genus Not Colocasia, but resembling in appearance
Species Long-lobed, referring to the lobed leaf base
Family Araceae
Synonyms Alocasia amabilis W.Bull, Alocasia denudata Engl., Alocasia eminens N.E.Br., Alocasia lowii Hook.f.
Common Names Tiger Taro
Status Native: Common
Form Herb
Native Distribution Indochina, southwest China, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Sulawesi

Diagnostics:

Alocasia longiloba is a common understorey herb of our rainforests. It can be easily identified from the arrow-shape leaves and the intricately patterned petioles.


Interesting Facts:

The Tiger Taro is recommended as a good native substitute for the exotic Alocasia macrorrhizos for horticultural purposes (Ang et al., 2010).


Form of the Elephant Ear in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Arrow-shaped leaves.

The diagnostic patterned petiole.

Rhizomatous stem.

Fruits.

Seeds.


References

Ang WF, RT Corlett, AFSL Lok, BYQ Ng, SM Suen, HTW Tan, PY Tan & TM Tertilt. (2010) A Field Guide to the Native Garden @ HortPark: an Urban Oasis of the Native Flora and Fauna of Singapore. Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (National Parks Board) and National University of Singapore, Singapore. 124 pp.


Posted Date: 2014-01-04 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11