Scientific name: Alocasia longiloba
Common Name(s): Tiger Taro; Keladi Rimau; Keladi Ular; Birah Kijang; Birah Hitam
This species is native to Malaysia, naturally occurring across the region from Guangdong, Hainan, and southern Yunnan in China, through mainland Southeast Asia and western and central Malesia. Interestingly, Alocasia longiloba is not a single species but a species complex, which means many types of plants that are so similar that they are not distinguishable from one another are placed in a group.
This species sports long arrow-head leaves with striking white veins on the upper-side and a purple or lighter green underside. It grows in areas with high humidity across a range of habitats and is pollinated by flies.
Light: Require strong indirect light. Keep it in a blinded window or a nook. Waxy leaves can quickly burn if exposed to direct sunlight.
Water: Once-a-week watering sessions. Prefer wet soil but avoid over-watering. Start at the top when watering because the long stems can hold a lot of moisture.
Soil: Needs a soil medium that can retain moisture but drain excess water. The pre-mixed soils are sufficient.
Temperature: Maintained at room temperature which is between 15°C and 27°C.
Fertilizer: Routine fertilizing. Choices such as diluted complete liquid fertilizer, a fish/seaweed emulsion, or a slow-release fertilizer.
Under the best conditions, Alocasia longiloba can grows to about 3 feet tall and develops leaves within two weeks.
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