Araceae Juss.

Alocasia sinuata N.E.Br.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Philippines.


CATE Araceae, 17 Dec 2011.

General Description
Herb to ca. 35 cm tall; stem [dimensions not known]; leaves several together; petiole ca. 19 cm long, sheathing in the lower ca. fifth to quarter; blade sagittate to ovato-sagittate, peltate or not, somewhat to markedly bullate, somewhat to thickly coriaceous, dark green (sometimes darker about main reins) adaxially, paler abaxially, with the margin sometimes very shallowly sinuate, 22-27 cm long; anterior lobe widest at to ca. 4 cm from the base, the apex broadly acute to obtuse and apiculate for 0.5-1 cm; anterior costa with 2-3 primary lateral veins on each side, diverging at 60-80° and adaxially impressed; axillary glands inconspicuous; subsidiary veins numerous (i.e. ~a. quarter to half the secondary venation thicker than the rest); secondary and subsidiary venation forming rather ill-defined interprimary collective reins running, like the primary venation, into a somewhat conspicuous intramarginal vein 1-3 mm from the margin; posterior lobes acute, ea. third to half the length of the anterior, connate for 0-half of their length, the inner sides more or less linear-lanceolate; posterior costae diverging at 60-90°, with lamina to the sinus when leaf not peltate; inflorescences ?solitary to paired to clustered, subtended by lanceolate cataphylls to ca. 7 cm long (in the type these with reduced petiole and leaf blade); peduncle about three quarters to equalling the length of the petiole at anthesis• spathe 7-7.5 cm long green; lower spathe l.5-2 cm long, ovoid; limh broadly oblong-lanceolate, green, apiculate for ea. 0.5 cm; spadix somewhat shorter than the spathe, 4-6.5 cm long, very shortly stipitate with somewhat oblique insertion, white except for green ovaries; female zone ea. 6 mm long, 3-8 whorls of somewhat lax pistils; ovary globose, ca. 2 mm diam.; stigma pronounced - almost as large as the ovary, subsessile, thickly discoid to weakly 3-lobed; interstice ca. 7 mm long, the lower half of incompletely connate neuter organs, the upper half of sterile synandria, somewhat attenuate above and corresponding with spathe constriction, 2.5 mm diam. (dry); male zone 1-1.5 cm long, somewhat obconic, distally ea. 5 mm diam.; synandria rhombohexagonal, 4-5-merous, 2-3 mm diam., thecae not overtopped by synconnective; appendix 1.5-4.5 cm long, basally isodiametric with top of male zone then tapering distally; infructescence unknown.
Endemic to the Philippines- Leyte, Mindanao, Palawan.

Native to:


Alocasia sinuata N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Dec 1, 1997 Anonymous [s.n.], Philippines K000291398 holotype Yes
Dec 1, 1997 Anonymous [s.n.], Philippines K000291399 No
Jan 1, 1997 Ramos, M. [34353], Philippines K000400157 Yes

First published in Gard. Chron., n.s., 24: 678 (1885)

Accepted by

  • 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.


CATE Araceae

  • Hay, A. 1999. The genus Alocasia (Araceae-Colocasieae) in the Philippines. Gardens Bull. Singapore. 51: 1 - 41.

  • 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.

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