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Common name

English: Elephant’s ear


Kingdom: Plantae (2593)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2490)

    Class: Liliopsida (387)

      Order: Arales (13)

        Family: Araceae (15)(family description)

          Genus: Alocasia (1)

            Epithet: macrorrhizos (L.) G.Don (1)

Synonyms: Alocasia cordifolia (Bory) Cordem., Alocasia indica (Lour.) Spach, Alocasia marginata N.E.Br., Alocasia metallica Schott, Alocasia montana (Roxb.) Schott, Alocasia pallida K.Koch & C.D.Bouché

cordifolia => with heart-shaped leaves

indica => from or referring in some way to India

macrorrhizos => with long or big roots

marginata => marginate, having a margin

metallica => refering to metallic (dark purplish-green) sheen

montana => growing in the mountains

pallida => somewhat pallid, greenish


Climate: tropical

Habitat: hydrophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: beige, white

External links

Check for Alocasia macrorrhizos at

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