Identification: Can you please help identify?

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by Haven, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Haven

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    My local international district is selling these plants like crazy, yet all the florist can tell me is she believes the name is Max, it is a brand new breed, and it does not tolerate any sunlight. She also said it needs alot of metal? This is the one I purchased. Thank you in advance for any information you have!
     

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    Sorry to tell you, but its not a brand new breed.
     
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    Yes, I see that now! I have not yet come across one in my wanderings, so I was just repeating what the florist told me! Thank you guys for your assistance.
     
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    Alocasia Amazonica has been around since the 1950's. It was hybridized in Miami, FL at a nursery known as the Amazon Nursery. They gave it the name based on the name of their company.

    Many people now try to claim this is a species from the Amazon basin of South America. The plant is not a species and cannot be found on any scientific data base including the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, London: http://www.ipni.org/index.html The Missouri Botanical Garden: http://www.tropicos.org/ or the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/qsearch.do

    Alocasia species are not found naturally in either South or Central America since all Alocasia species are Southeast Asian plants which are also found in the Pacific Ocean on neighboring islands. Yes, some Alocasia species can now be found in South and Central America but they were imported.

    Although you can find it sold with many names that are in single quotations none of those including Alocasia 'Amazonica' or Alocasia 'Polly" can be found on any official plant cultivar registration data base. The plant cannot properly be displayed either in italics or in single quotes. You can check the registered cultivar database here: http://www.aroid.org/cultivars/

    More here if you are interested: http://www.exoticrainforest.com/Alocasia micholitziana pc.html
     
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