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flora of the tropical rainforest is so richand diverse, which still presents botanists and surprises, and reasons for serious scientific discoveries. The genus of alokazii includes several dozen species, the exact number of which is difficult to be named even by a specialist in tropical flora.
And it's not just the inaccessibility of the islands of Oceania or in the dense jungle, hiding specimens that have not yet been studied. The nature of the region is incredibly generous and creates all the conditions for natural hybridization and the emergence of all new varieties of alokaziy.
In addition, the plants that fall into Europe, the USA, Russia and other countries invariably arouse the interest of gardeners, bringing out new, previously unseen varieties and hybrids. Today, at the disposal of indoor plants lovers there are specimens with green, variegated and even purple foliage in the shape of a shamrock, as in alokazy in the photo.
From the humid tropics and subtropics of the south of Asia and Australia, spectacular but very small room alocasia hit Europe, as in the photo not exceeding 40–55 cm from the height. The variety was bred as a result of painstaking selection work, and several wild-growing species became parental forms.
The leaves, the main treasure of alocasia Corazon, are smooth, green, with a grayish metallic luster. Against the background of a rather light leaf plate, dark streaks are clearly visible. The length of the sheet of this sort of alokaziya, as in the photo, reaches 20 cm, the width of the plate is two times smaller.
Alocasia Corazon is very attractive, but for the display of the best features of the plant, it requires quite bright, but not direct light, abundant watering and attentive care, especially aimed at pest control. The culture may affect spider mites, quickly mastering the cuttings and the back of the leaves.
Unfortunately, today this variety is rarely found on the windowsills.although it is no less interesting than the well-known varieties, for example, alokaziya Black Velveteen or hybrid alokaziya amazonika Polly.
Alokaziya Polly shown in the photo is the smallest representative of the plants, thanks to the shape of the leaves that have earned the name “African mask”.The height of an adult plant does not exceed 50–65 cm, which allows culture to find a place even in a small room. The only condition for good growth is the abundance of moisture, light and heat. With proper care, Alocasia Amazonica Polly is grown as a perennial crop, and this variety is more easily tolerated by the others due to the lack of lighting that is inevitable in the autumn-winter period.
Dark, pointed, with contrasting veins foliage can be compared with the shield of an ancient warrior or, as in the photo of Alokazia, with a trefoil.
By its very nature, Alokaziya Polly is a dwarf variety of Alokaziya Amazonica, obtained by crossing wild plants in the middle of the last century. The very picture of Polly Alokaziya was first grown only two decades ago and in such a short time won the love of flower growers all over the world.
The shape of the foliage of Alocasia Sarian is very similar to the previous plant. But if we consider a photo of varieties of alokaziya, it becomes clear that Saryan’s alokaziya, in comparison with Polly, is a real giant.
The plant has large, dense leaves with a rugged, curved edge and a sharp tip. White streaks stand out against a saturated green background. Sheet plate is smooth, with a characteristic sheen.
The Alokaziya variety, popular with florists, like Dragon's skin, as in the photo, attracts attention with the unusual texture of foliage, truly reminiscent of scales or leathery wings of a fairytale monster.
The plant height is small and does not exceed 0.6–1 meters. The birthplace of the wild ancestor of Alokazia Dragon is the tropics of Indonesia, where alokaziya copper has mastered the wet undergrowth. It is also necessary to create suitable conditions in the flats for the plant, consisting in abundant but dimmed light, regular watering and good nutrition. With the right care, as in the photo, alokaziya Dragon scale will long please the florist.
The main decoration of the flower is an extremely large and beautiful foliage that makes the plant unforgettable and gives it an exotic look. The rhizomes of alokaziya elongated, juicy. Leaf petioles are light green, leaning under the weight of leaf plates, which over time leads to the formation of a real “dragon skin”.
Young foliage is often green, but as it grows on it, as in the photo of Alokaziya Dragon, darker and silvery tones appear, giving the plant leaves a leathery look. It is an ideal plant for original stylish interiors and a winter garden. In order for alokaziya to keep its attractiveness for a long time, it is protected from bright light that can burn decorative foliage.
The photo of this room alokazii invariably causes surprise and delight of home gardeners. Medium-sized, with a glossy shine and a very sharp tip of the foliage of this sort of alokaziya, as in the photo has the shape of a pronounced trefoil, and leaves the feeling that it is made of metal or plastic. This amazing plant will be a great addition to the house growing mandarins, ficus and other flowers.
loosestrife. The veins on the leaf plates are white, with a blurred outline. The back of the leaves has a purple or purple hue. The edge of the blade plate is not only figured cut, but also corrugated, which only adds decorativeness to an unusual culture. A plant up to 50 cm high, worthy of being in the collection of a grower keen on tropical species!
Alokaziya Bambino Arrow
A small alokaziya Bambino Arrow is a type of well-known growers of the hybrid type Amazonik. Plants with sharp arrow-shaped leaves in room conditions can grow up to 40–60 cm, individual dwarf varieties are limited in development at the level of 30–40 cm.
Indoor alokaziya, as in the photo, is grown in the summer months at 22 to 25 ° C.In winter, when perennial evergreen requires relative rest, cooling the air to 18–20 ° C will not cause damage to alokazii.
The leaves of this variety alokazii, as in the photo, have a dark color, on which broad white veins look spectacular. Leaf stalks are erect.
For good growth and development of alokaziya Bambino Arrow requires drained light soil, adequate nutrition and abundant watering. The plant is transplanted in a year. The procedure is best carried out in the spring, at the beginning of the growing season.
Alokaziya macrorrhiza Lutea
In Latin, the name of the variety of Alokazia Lutea in Latin is translated as “yellow”, which fully reflects the main feature of the plant. Succulent thick cuttings of leaves, parts of the stem and even the veins on the leaves have a clear yellow tint. This gives large alokazii additional attractiveness and makes it stand out from similar species and varieties.
The plant has large, wavy leaves of bright green color. The sheet plate comes from the forests of New Guinea reaches 60 cm in length, and alokaziya itself grows up to one and a half meters. Such size and shape of leaves completely justifies the popular name for this type of plant - elephant's ears.
Alokaziya Black Velveteen
The velvety leaves of Alokazia Black Velvet at the first glance at the plant amaze the imagination of everyone who enjoys indoor floriculture. The upper side of the leaf plate of this variety is distinguished not only by its unusual texture for alokazii, but also by its rich, almost black shade, and which gave the plant its name.
Thick white veins are perfectly visible on the velvet background. Stems are also light, erect or slightly leaning. Under room conditions, alokaziya grows up to 30–45 cm in height, which makes the culture very attractive for most gardeners.
This exotic plant can become a unique decoration of the interior and create a corner of tropical Asia and Oceania in a city apartment.
True, while the Black Velvet alokaziya, as in the photo, requires the same conditions that surrounded it at home. This means that the humidity and temperature of the air is important for the plant. For health and good appearance alokazii need nutritious loose soil and abundant regular watering. With a careless attitude to care, Alokazia quickly loses its attractiveness, its oval large leaves lose their velvety, thinning and becoming covered with painful spots.
In the picture shown in the photo of Alokaziya Black velvet , , the leaves below are pink or purple with an unusual green tint. In a culture, except for plants with ordinary rounded oval leaves, varieties with elongated platinum sheets can be found. Usually such plants are larger and have a moderate growth rate.
The Alocasia nebula Elaine variety is well-known to flower growers due to its unusual hard leaves, which have not only curly outlines and concave veins, but also an amazing metallic tint. The veins are blue or purple, the back of the leaf is purple.
The leaves of the color of gray steel, characteristic of Alaine Alocazia, take on this form only in adulthood. Young foliage is easily recognizable by a light green shade and a softer sheet plate.
The variety of alokaziya, as in the photo, does not differ by its large size, which for many gardeners is a distinct advantage.
Alokaziya Black Magic
Alokaziya Black Magic, belonging to the species infernalis and causing genuine interest of lovers of exotic plants, quite recently began to replenish home collections. The name of the species means "hellish", which is completely explained by the appearance of the plant and the color of its dark purple foliage.
You can see wild magic of Black Magic on a journey through the rain forests of Borneo, Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia. Local peoples call the plant "skeleton" because of the bright streaks and stains on the dark leaf.
Indeed, the plant is very unusual! It has dark leaves with distinctly concave veins, shimmering with reddish and purple hues. The height of this room alokazii, as in the photo, usually ranges from 40 to 50 cm.
It is interesting that the perianth, in other varieties and species is usually white, cream or greenish, in alokaziya Black magic is also colored burgundy, magenta or green-blackColour.