Alocasia portei

Alocasia portei on 5-1-09, #12-5.

Alocasia portei

a-loh-KAY-see-uh  por-te-i

Alocasia portei Schott is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Alocasia. It was first described by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott in Bonplandia (Corrientes) in 1862.

 

Alocasia portei next to the west sunroom of the mansion on 9-17-09, #35-05.

I bought my Alocasia portei from Wellspring as a started plant in the spring of 2009. It did very well through the summer but went dormant over the winter after I put it in a pot and brought it inside. Then the bulb rotted.

 

Alocasia portei on 9-22-09, #39-5.

Websites say that Alocasia portei can grow to a height of 8-9 feet tall. It is cold hardy in USDA Zones 9-11 (20-40 degrees F). It has lobed leaves and marbled petioles.

There are two varieties of Alocasia portei is being marketed under the name of ‘Malaysian Monster’ and ‘Megalodon’™. There are probably others as well.

To bad mine died before it reached any size. Maybe one day I will try it again. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions about Alocasia portei, I would love to hear from you.

There isn’t much information about this species online. Even Plants of the World Online doesn’t have it listed as a species…

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS)
THE NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION

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