Alocasia, with its large leaves and unique tropical life force


Giant alocasia often seen on the side of the road in Indonesia


Alocasia is a plant of the genus Alocasia of the tropic family that grows in the tropics and grows mainly in Southeast Asia.

In the median of the road near my house in West Bekasi Summarecon, a huge leafy Alocasia macrorrhiza is growing in a lot of places.

This giant alocasia is called a giant taro and is a member of the taro family called the Indian taro in Japanese, a type of taro that grows well in ample sunlight.

On the other hand, small alocasia, which grows naturally in the shade near the surface of the rainforest, turns yellow as soon as it is exposed to direct sunlight, so we keep them under the garage in a semi-sunny place where the sunlight is weakened.

The other day, the old man who takes care of plants was thinning out the leaves of a huge macroliza that had grown densely.

You can know how big it is by the way my wife is holding it.

It is a symbolic plant of tropical Indonesia. As the name "KwaZuzuimo" indicates, its leaves, stems and roots all contain calcium oxalate, which is poisonous.

By the way, the leaves and stems which are so big contain considerable moisture, and they turned yellow and became wrinkly on the next day when they were thinned out, so I can imagine that you need to water them enough when you keep them at home.

Types of alocasia

A giant alocasia, the Macrolisa is an outdoor variety that needs plenty of sunlight and moisture, but as an ornamental plant, the mostly indoor variety is best kept in a semi-sunny, well-ventilated location and can be found in apartments and restaurants in Jakarta.

Alocasia is susceptible to white mites (kutu) and once infested it will heap from the stems, so the only way to do this is to cut and apply the medicine and wait for the sprouts to sprout.

All the alocasia that we had on our terrace were killed by mites, so we cut all the leaves from the root and regenerated them in a window with good ventilation.

In addition, if there are any millipede lurking in the media tanah, they will eat the roots, so the soil is burned with a burner to get rid of all millipede eggs and bacteria.

In Japan, where there are four seasons, you have to be careful to adjust the temperature when you keep it indoors.


There are different types of alocasia. Top is Dragon Scale, bottom is Cuprea, Black velvet and Silver skull from the left.


Frydek is an alocasia with an elongated heart shape.


Alocasia amazonica and longiloba, also known as nagaaba quailweed, are characterized by large, narrow, dark green leaves.