Alocasia 'Alocasia Mayan Mask '
Base Species or Cultivar:
From breeding program at Brians Botanicals nursery.
Selected for a series of Alocasia in the Mask Series.
Plant habit.—Upright, stemless.
Height and spread.—Reaches about 1.8 m in height and about 1.21 m in width.
Hardiness.—Tolerates temperatures of −9° C. to 48° C., defoliates at 0° C., its upright plant habit provides improved cold tolerance.
Environmental conditions.—Thick and durable leaves impart wind tolerance.
Diseases and pests.—Has shown resistance to root rot.
Propagation type.—In vitro propagation is preferred.
Growth rate.—Vigorous and fast, produces a marketable plant in less time than many other Alocasia cultivars, new leaves produced every two to five days.
Stem description.—Stemless, can produce tuber-like trunks with age (see petiole description).
Leaf venation.—Pinnate, color: upper surface; 142C, lower surface; N77C.
Leaf surface.—Upper surface and lower surface; coriaceous and glabrous.
Leaf orientation.—Upright and remains upright with age.
Leaf color.—New foliage: upper surface; 147A, lower surface; N77A, mature foliage: upper surface; 147B, lower surface; N78A, minimal fading as the leaf ages and with sun exposure.
Leaf size.—80 cm in length and 51 cm in width on plants three years in age.
Petioles.—Held erect to semi-erect, about 0.9 m in length and 1.3 cm in distal diameter and 3 cm in proximal diameter, glabrous surface, 143C in color, tuber-like trunk; formed at the base of the petioles with age, about 17 cm in length and 7 cm in width on a 3 year-old plant, comprised of petiole scales, surface is rough and paper-like, color is a blend of 165A and 165C.
Bloom and Fruit:
Inflorescence type.—Spadix surrounded by a spathe, male portion held above female portion, only female flowers were developed.
Inflorescence size.—Average of 22 cm in length and 4 cm in diameter.
Inflorescence bud.—Linear to slightly narrow oblanceolate in shape, an average of 16 cm in length and 1 cm in width, 143D in color.
Flower fragrance.—Banana fragrance.
Lastingness of inflorescence.—Inflorescence blooms intermittently during the bloom period, individual flowers last about 2 to 3 weeks.
Inflorescence/flower quantity.—Intermittent throughout the bloom season, sets of 3 or more, an average of 60 female flowers per spadix, male flowers were undeveloped.
Spathe.—Hooded, bract, subtending spadix, elliptic in shape, entire margin, obtuse apex, coriaceous surface, 15 cm in length and 5 cm in width, lasts 5 to 7 days, color: when opening and fully open on inner and outer rear surface; 143D, fading to 160D.
Spadix.—Male portion above female zone, upright cylindrical shape (phallus-like), apex narrowly pointed, about 1.3 cm in diameter (not including ovary) and 10.6 cm in length, male zone; 1.3 cm in diameter and 10.2 in length, color immature and mature 8D, female zone; 2.5 cm in diameter and length, color immature and mature 143C.
Peduncle.—Grows from base of plant, up to 30.5 cm in length and 1.3 cm in diameter, held at 20° angle, durable and strong, 143C in color, glabrous surface.
Gynoecium.—Stigmas are 4D in color, ovary is round in shape and 143C in color.
Fruit and seed.—Fruit: develop but rot from the apex to the base and do not form see as they are sterile, fruit forms about 2 weeks after flowers; round in shape, about 2 mm in diameter, and 143C in color.
Large upright foliage with off white veins on dark green foliage. Underside of leaves are dark maroon. Growing 4 to 5 feet tall on average.