Ummm… Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ Update

Hello there again! I hope this post finds you all well. When I was mowing on Monday I was stopped dead in my tracks. The new Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ had done something very weird…

 

Ummm…A VARIEGATED LEAF?!?!?! Its new leaf started emerging from the last petiole a while back showing no sign of it being weird. I am always anxious to see how big the next leaf will grow to. Each new leaf usually grows larger than the one before. While there are variegated cultivars of Alocasia and Colocasia, which I have never grown or seen in person, this is completely strange. I have never heard of a Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ with variegated leaves.

Remember, Colocasia gigantea is now a synonym of Leucocasia gigantea. It is in a genus all by itself now… Testing showed this species is more closely related to Alocasia than Colocasia but it has several traits that separate it from both genera. Some information online suggests it may be a naturally occurring cross between Colocasia esculenta and Alocasia macrorrhizos. That would be strange because the way Leucocasia gigantea flowers is completely different than the other two.

The species was first named was Caladium giganteum by Carl (Karl) Ludwig von Blume in 1823. Then in 1857, Heinrich Wilhelm Schott named it Leucocasia gigantea. Joseph Dalton Hooker decided it should be Colocasia gigantea in 1893 and that’s what it remained until maybe 2016. Now it is back in its own genus AGAIN where Mr. Schott put it in 1857. Of course, most websites and sellers are still calling it Colocasia gigantea because they have no idea the name changed or they just don’t want to change it. Ummm… I just updated the Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ page and had to change everywhere I had Colocasia to Leucocasia.

Although this plant is doing very well, it sure seems like it is growing slower than the one I had last year. Maybe I am just anxious. After all, it is just the end of July. Hopefully, someday I will have a 12′ Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’…

That’s it for now. Stay well, safe, amazing, and positive. Be thankful and count your blessings! And by all means, don’t forget to GET DIRTY!

11 comments on “Ummm… Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ Update

  1. Vicki says:

    A mucilage-eating bug? The pale green reminds me of a pest I had, eating all the green part and leaving a pale leaf.

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  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It is always interesting when a plant does something unexpected. I wonder if it will throw out another variegated leaf?? I guess we will have to wait to see.

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  3. Jim R says:

    Perhaps you could name your new variety Leucocasia belmontus roosterus. That would be cool.

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    • Very good, Jim! I am pretty sure I am not the first with a variegated Leucocasia gigantea leaf. I just haven’t seen any reports of it. I will have to post this on the Facebook group to see what kind of a response I get. Thanks for the comment!

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  4. homeandharrow says:

    Beautiful! I love those large leaves!

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    • Hello, Lacey! I really like their huge leaves and it is always fun to see how big the plants get by the end of the summer. The Colocasia grew HUGE last summer on the north side of the house. The largest they grew since I lived in Mississippi. Thanks for the comment!

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  5. Such a beautiful plant, and as you say unusual, but pretty. 🙂

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