Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Alocasia Alligator

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My first thought upon observing this leaf was Madagascar or Australia most likely it's home. It looks unnatural. Come to find out the kris plant (Alocasia sanderiana) was hybridized with another Alocasia. The result is this shieldlike, alocasia alligator plant.




Kris dagger
Source: Kris bali 
The leaf of the Kris plant resembles the Kris dagger knife, a wavy, asymmetrical knife used on the island nations of Indonesia and the Philippines.

Many tropical leaves, feature  a pronounced ‘drip tip’, an adaptation at the end of the leaf. During the rainy phase of the monsoon season  The “drip tip”, enables the large amounts of rain to drain away from the plant quickly.




Kris plant (Alocasia sanderiana)

Alocasia Masquerade Series


Grassroots Horticulture
2006-2016
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