Plant ID forum: Elephant ear, which one?

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Oct 9, 2012 4:12 PM CST
Received this in a trade; can someone tell me her name?
I like her...all shiny and green and scalloped edged.

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SongofJoy
Oct 12, 2012 7:40 AM CST

Just judging from the leaves, it looks like Alocasia portora. Are the stems darker than the leaves?
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piksihk
Oct 17, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Not really; stem has blotchy brown with green.
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SongofJoy
Oct 17, 2012 12:39 PM CST
It could be something else then. If you don't get a definitive answer here, perhaps try the Aroids Forum.

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eclayne
Oct 17, 2012 12:53 PM CST

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Betsy, I agree with Tee that A. x portora is a good candidate. I have a small one purchased at Logee's this summer and small (young) leaves looks much like yours. Petioles are as you describe "blotchy brown with green". Will photo tonight for you to compare.
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JRsbugs
Oct 17, 2012 1:16 PM CST
Alocasia 'Boa' has blotched stems, I can't find any Portora which has that.

http://www.agristarts.com/htm/ts_pages/alocasia_boa.htm

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Alocasia+%27Boa%27&um=1&ie=...

http://www.agristarts.com/htm/ts_pages/alocasia_portora.htm

http://www.aroid.org/genera/speciespage.php?genus=alocasia&s...
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 17, 2012 3:09 PM CST
Thanks, Janet.

I believe LariAnn Garner of Aroidia Research bred the A. portora hybrid. It would be great to hear from them too. Betsy's plant looks very young.

If you are not familiar with LariAnn, Betsy, she is the moderator of the Aroids Forum here on ATP. Green Grin!
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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Oct 17, 2012 3:24 PM CST
Janet, I think you are right, it looks like the "boa"; I googled pics of it and looked at the stem.
Thanks everyone.
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LariAnn
Oct 17, 2012 3:25 PM CST
Betsy,
Your plant is most likely Alocasia x portora. A. boa is quite different in several ways, even when young. Since I did the A. x portora, I am very familiar with how they look when young or old. They do have brownish petioles whose coloration is more pronounced when young.

Hope this helps,
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eclayne
Oct 17, 2012 3:38 PM CST

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Thanks for clearing this up LariAnn! Thumbs up
Here are photos I just took.
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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Oct 17, 2012 3:41 PM CST
LariAnn,

I got a photo of the stem. I only had her for about a year.

Betsy



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SongofJoy
Oct 17, 2012 4:20 PM CST
Thanks, LariAnn and Evan.

I was just wondering why we don't have an Aroids microbadge. But that discussion is for a different forum. Green Grin!
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eclayne
Oct 18, 2012 6:08 AM CST

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SongofJoy said:I was just wondering why we don't have an Aroids microbadge. Green Grin!

I agree
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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Oct 18, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Evan, yeah, that's what the stems look like. Great, now I can tag her.
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eclayne
Oct 18, 2012 9:20 AM CST

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Thumbs up Thumbs up I can't wait to see what kind of monster it turns into. Green Grin!
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LariAnn
Oct 18, 2012 2:36 PM CST
Here's an idea of what kind of monster you can get:



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eclayne
Oct 18, 2012 2:57 PM CST

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Hi LariAnn,
I've updated the height in the database entry from 6 to 8 feet to 8 to 12 feet. Rolling on the floor laughing

That is a monster. Can't wait for A. 'Thunder Waves'.
http://aroidiaresearch.org/portora2.htm
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 19, 2012 4:29 AM CST
I agree
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Oct 19, 2012 9:06 AM CST
Wow, and Wow!!! That is monster-size!
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