Alocasia "Black Velvet"
This is apparently a recently dicovered species alocasia (supposedly from Borneo), but already available commercially, sometimes in such unlikely places as Home Depot or Orchard Supply Hardware.
It is very susceptible to spider mites. I also think it prefers high humidity. My plant has never been as gorgeous as the one below. I think I'll try building a mini-greenhouse for it.
|This photo is linked from the IAS WWW page on aroid micropropagation...|
|And this is a pathetic little single-leaved plant I am trying to grow. This is a brand new leaf, and therefore has quite a lot of green color in it.|
|Same plant, couple months later, still one leaf. This one has matured to nearly black.|
|Perhaps in response to my continuing unsuccessful attempts to induce it into lush growth, the plant decided that it's time to reproduce before I kill it, and started making inflorescences instead of leaves. This is the second one of them, all of 1 inch tall.|
|Same inflorescence, cut open for a closeup of the flowers.|
All locally-linked photos Copyright © 1997 Krzysztof Kozminski
|Back to the Alocasia index.|
Previous Alocasia species
|This page has been generated automatically on 08/22/98 at 07:58:50 AM with a script written in [incr Tcl]|
|Best viewed with|