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

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. [9299], Papua New Guinea K001235124 No
Apr 18, 2007 Edwards, P.J. [2064], Malaysia 75520.000 No
Sands, M.J.S. [502], Indonesia 13369.001 No
Malaysia 18245.000 No
29047.081 No
34265.000 No
Bogner, J. [405], Thailand 34426.000 No
Boyce, P. [743], Malaysia 59115.000 No
Johns, R.J. [8239], Indonesia 59398.000 No
Boyce, P.C. [891], Thailand 60525.000 No
Boyce, P.C. [889], Thailand 60526.000 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 2023. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.