Alocasia ID

Post Reply
User avatar
SteveW
Posts: 1747
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:11 pm
Location: Hoo peninsular,Kent

Alocasia ID

Post by SteveW » Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:44 am

I've had this Alocasia a couple of years,but don't actually know what type it is.Any ideas
Image
Image
Image
I thought either Macrorizzos or Odora,but who knows?
Steve


User avatar
Dave Brown
Site Admin
Posts: 19738
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:17 am
Location: Chalk, (Thames Estuary) Kent, England 51.5N 0.3E
Contact:

Post by Dave Brown » Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:29 pm

Nice healthy plant Steve, Have you just planted it out recently or did it overwinter outside?

I think I've learned a lesson with Alocasia, Anything thing is sold as anything, and the young leaf shape changes as they grow bigger, with more veins. :?

It is certainly a Macrorrhiza/odora type Alocasia. At this point I would go for 52% to 48% an odora. the problem is they hybridise so easily, and there are very many amature Alocasia breeders in the US. So when they swap plants, no-one really knows what they have. :wink:

This site make give more info, but not for Shikira haters.
http://donitaworld.com/Tropicals/Alocasias/links.html

All I hope is that my Borneo Giant doesn't turn out to be a Borneo Pygmy :lol:
Best regards
Dave
icon_thumright
_________________________________________________
Roll on summer.....
http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk


User avatar
SteveW
Posts: 1747
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:11 pm
Location: Hoo peninsular,Kent

Post by SteveW » Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:26 pm

Dave,
It's been planted out since early May,and has only recently developed its new leaves.
I tried over wintering my first one in the ground,but it ended up rotting away.Thankfully I managed to salvage some of it,but it took a year or so to get a decent plant back.So now I always lift them in the autumn.
Whatever type it may turn out to be,its the best growing one I have :D
Steve


User avatar
Dave Brown
Site Admin
Posts: 19738
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:17 am
Location: Chalk, (Thames Estuary) Kent, England 51.5N 0.3E
Contact:

Post by Dave Brown » Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:36 pm

Steve, post a pic every now and again showing its growth. My calidora has started to grow faster now in this cool wet weather. 8)
Best regards
Dave
icon_thumright
_________________________________________________
Roll on summer.....
http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk


User avatar
SteveW
Posts: 1747
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:11 pm
Location: Hoo peninsular,Kent

Post by SteveW » Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:44 pm

Will do,I've noticed my Portora's growing well too.Wil post some pics of them,Iseem to have 3 clumps now all growing at diffrent rates.
Steve


User avatar
SteveW
Posts: 1747
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:11 pm
Location: Hoo peninsular,Kent

Post by SteveW » Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:55 pm

A couple of pics of Alocasia Portora/Portadora

Image

Image
Not huge yet,but hopefully it'll get there :wink: It normally gets to about 3ft or so,but with all the rain and humidity lately I'm optimistic it'll get bigger than usual
Steve


User avatar
Dave Brown
Site Admin
Posts: 19738
Joined: Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:17 am
Location: Chalk, (Thames Estuary) Kent, England 51.5N 0.3E
Contact:

Post by Dave Brown » Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:31 pm

Steve, I can see why you ID'd Libby's Alocasia as Portadora. It looks the same.

Do you keep it growing over winter? I have heard to get them really big takes more than one season :wink:
Best regards
Dave
icon_thumright
_________________________________________________
Roll on summer.....
http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk


User avatar
SteveW
Posts: 1747
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:11 pm
Location: Hoo peninsular,Kent

Post by SteveW » Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:40 pm

I try to,don't normally suceed.
This year I managed to get 2 through the winter still green :D and one as a tuber,which has got a Trex growing in the same pot.I must of took a bit of root when i dug it up last Autumn.This year I think I'll definately have to kep one of the greenhouses heated not just frost free.
Steve


User avatar
mixiepalms
Posts: 686
Joined: Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:22 am
Location: Kent

Post by mixiepalms » Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:56 pm

After a bit of research I have come to the conclusion that it is a Alocasia Macrorrhiza. As is mine.

:D
Football is my religion, White Hart Lane is my church. Harry Redknaps blue and white army.


User avatar
SteveW
Posts: 1747
Joined: Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:11 pm
Location: Hoo peninsular,Kent

Post by SteveW » Wed Jul 04, 2007 4:52 am

How you tell?
If it is a Macrorrhiza then I'm well happy :D as I had convinced myself its an Odora.In fact doubly happy as I ordered a Calidora and n Odora from Easytropicals at the weekend along with aBrazilian dwarf banana
Steve


Post Reply