Alocasia (Schott) G.Don

First published in R.Sweet, Hort. Brit., ed. 3: 631 (1839), nom. cons.
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Tropical & Subtropical Asia to E. Australia.


Native to:

Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Japan, Jawa, Laccadive Is., Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Philippines, Queensland, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, West Himalaya

Introduced into:

Ascension, Brazil Northeast, Caroline Is., Chagos Archipelago, Comoros, Cook Is., Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Galápagos, Gilbert Is., Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Haiti, Hawaii, Honduras, Jamaica, Kermadec Is., Leeward Is., Maldives, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., New Caledonia, New Zealand North, Nicaragua, Niue, Ogasawara-shoto, Paraguay, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Seychelles, Society Is., St.Helena, Sudan, Tibet, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Vanuatu, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Boyce, P.C. (2008). A review of Alocasia (Araceae: Colocasieae) for Thailand including a novel species and new species records from south-west Thailand. Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) 36: 1-17.
  • Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Mansor, M., Boyce, P.C., Othman, A.S. & Sulaiman, B. (2012). The Araceae of peninsular Malaysia: 1-146. Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia.

CATE Araceae

  • Mayo, S.J., Bogner, J. & Boyce, P.C. 1997. The genera of Araceae. 370 pp.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2008. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 2016 Simaga, J.M.; Johns, R.J. [9299] Papua New Guinea K001235124 Yes
Apr 18, 2007 Edwards, P.J. [2064] Malaysia K:SPC-75520.000 No
Feb 16, 1998 Anonymous [s.n.] K000291561 Type Yes
Feb 1, 1998 Anderson, J.A.R. [8364] Malaysia K000291378 Isotype Yes
Nguyen, V.D.; Phuong, V.X.; Boumanivong, S.; Vongsoukhan [L-V 275] Laos K001639123 No
K:SPC-34789.000 No
Boyce, P.C. [891] Thailand K:SPC-60525.000 No
K:SPC-59239.000 No
K:SPC-34265.000 No
Du, N.V.; Phuong, V.X.; Boumanivong, S.; Vongsoukhun. [L-V 314] Laos K001609090 Yes
K:SPC-29047.081 No
Henry, A. [11847] China K002820897 Yes
Morse, H.B. [598] China K002820895 Yes
Wray, L. [2457] Malaysia K000291364 Type Yes
Morse, H.B. [597] China K002820893 Yes
Morse, H.B. [739] China K002820891 Yes
Furuse, M. [3188] Japan K002820890 Yes
Furuse, M. [3188] Japan K002820889 Yes
Furuse, M. [2335] Japan K002820884 Yes
Wight [8948] K000675786 Unknown Type Material Yes
K:SPC-21969.021 No
Furuse, M. [39062] Japan K002820885 Yes
Yasuda, K. [2825] Japan K002820883 Yes
Edwards, R.H. K:SPC-34575.000 No
Hooker, J.D.; Thomson, T. [s.n.] India K000675788 Unknown Type Material Yes
Furuse, M. [39062] Japan K002820888 Yes
Furuse, M. [39062] Japan K002820887 Yes
Morse, H.B. [597] China K002820894 Yes
Hooker, J.D.; Thomson, T. [s.n.] India K000675787 Unknown Type Material Yes
Morse, H.B. [598] China K002820896 Yes
Bogner, J. [405] Thailand K:SPC-34426.000 No
s.coll. [597] K002820892 Yes
Sands, M.J.S. [502] Indonesia K:SPC-13369.001 No
Boyce, P.C. [889] Thailand K:SPC-60526.000 No
Hooker, J.D.; Thomson, T. [s.n.] India K000675789 Unknown Type Material Yes
Boyce, P.C. [744] Malaysia K:SPC-62693.000 No
Furuse, M. [39062] Japan K002820886 Yes
K:SPC-34604.000 No
Boyce, P. [743] Malaysia K:SPC-59115.000 No
Johns, R.J. [8239] Indonesia K:SPC-59398.000 No
Malaysia K:SPC-18245.000 No
K:SPC-34610.000 No


  • CATE Araceae

    • Haigh, A., Clark, B., Reynolds, L., Mayo, S.J., Croat, T.B., Lay, L., Boyce, P.C., Mora, M., Bogner, J., Sellaro, M., Wong, S.Y., Kostelac, C., Grayum, M.H., Keating, R.C., Ruckert, G., Naylor, M.F. and Hay, A., CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.