Gina, thanks for the correction! Until your post, I'd forgotten that fact. I think I recall years back on another gardening forum, a conversation with now deceased Steve Lucas of The Exotic Rainforest, discussing the hybrid Alocasia 'Amazonica' a/k/a Poly'. The first one I ever bought was labeled 'Poly'.
I just found the Exotic Rainforest webpage and I'm so happy it's up and running again! I tried to access it sometime last year and it was gone! I think I'd read somewhere (possibly here on garden.org) that the entire plant collection was now residing with someone else so I thought maybe his family decided to deactivate the site. I just love that site and all the beautiful Aroids that Steve grew so I'm happy to find it again!
His Exotic Rainforest page here https://www.exoticrainforest.c...
states the following:
"Alocasia Amazonica (Incorrectly Alocasia x amazonica) A hybrid of Alocasia longiloba Miq. (formerly known as the synonym Alocasia watsoniana Hort.) x Alocasia sanderiana Hort.
The abbreviation "Miq." indicates the plant was described by Miquel, Friedrich Anton Wilhelm (1811-1871) Common Names: African Mask, Jewel Alocasia, Alocasia Alligator
Sometimes known commercially as "Alocasia Polly" or correctly Alocasia Poly"
If I'm reading his page correctly, African Mask (Alocasia 'Amazonica')
and African Mask (Alocasia 'Polly')
are one and the same plant and we should only have one listing for it here in our database?
His page does also say that the hybrid (bred from plants of Asian parentage) was traced back to the now defunct "Amazon Nursery" in Miami, Fl. and that the owner named it after his nursery business.