Alocasia cucullata is a species of flowering plant in the arum family known by the common names Chinese taro, Chinese ape, Buddha’s hand, and hooded dwarf elephant ear. It is kept as an ornamental plant.

The native range of the species is unclear, as it is known only from cultivation and from specimens growing around human habitation and in disturbed areas.[1][2][3] It is grown in many parts of Asia, such as China, India, Sri Lanka, and Burma.[1]


This aroid plant is a perennial herb producing thick, erect stems up to 6 centimeters wide that branch from the bases and grow up to a meter tall. It produces bunches of leaves on long, sheathed petioles which are generally up to about 30 centimeters long but are known to reach 80. The wide, roughly heart-shaped leaf blade is up to 40 by 28 centimeters and has 4 main veins running from the center to the edge on each side. The plant rarely flowers. When it develops, the inflorescence may be solitary or paired. It arises on a peduncle 20 to 30 centimeters long and is wrapped in a green to blue-green spathe. The yellowish or bluish-green spadix is up to 14 centimeters long. Fruiting is also rare, but the plant may produce red berries each 6 to 8 millimeters wide.[1][3][4]


The flowers are pollinated by the drosophilid flies Colocasiomyia alocasiae and C. xenalocasiae, at least in Japan.[5] The plant easily reproduces vegetatively sprouting up when pieces of stem or root enter the soil.[1]  It is susceptible to bacterial leaf spot disease caused by Pantoea agglomerans.[6]

This species has been introduced to many regions, including much of the Pacific, where it can be found in Hawaii, Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, and Guam. It has also been introduced to parts of Central America.[1]


It has some uses in traditional Chinese medicine. It is applied externally to treat snakebite, abscesses, rheumatism, and arthritis.[3] It is poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate crystals.[2]
(From Wikipedia on 10.8.14)



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We would like to know the name of the following Araceae please. Inflorescence not seen. Thank you

Seems to be Alocasia cucullata

Thank you very much …

Areceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight-Areceae : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

Here is a picture of Alocasia sp. ID please.

Alocasia or Colocasia?? according to classical distinction basal lobes rounded, it should be Colocasia.

The same as my picture that has been identified by … namely Alocasia cucullata


Araceae for ID (Alocasia ?) :  3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

Location : Lengpuilui, Mizoram
Date : 10-09-2014
Habit : Herb
Habitat : It grows wild along river.

Alocasia cucullata
Ornamental Plant For ID : Jijamata Udyan,Mumbai : 170913 : AK-3 : Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.
Another ornamental plant seen in their nursery on 22/8/13.

Cultivated, potted plant

Could this be Philodendron scandensHeart Leaf Philodendron?

Alocasia cucullata (Lour.) G. Don !

Thanks …, I think you are right.

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