Alocasia macrorrhizos (L.) G. Don

Alocasia macrorrhizos (L.) G. Don




Alocasia indica (Lour.) Spach.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Birah negeri, keladi sebaring.
English Giant taro, giant alocasia, elephant ear
Indonesia Bira (General), sente (Javanese), mael (Timor).
Papua NewGuinea Abir, pia, via.
Philippines Biga (General), bira (Ilokano), badiang (Tagalog, Bisaya).
Burma(Myanmar) Pein-mohawaya.
Cambodia K'da:t haƓra:.
Laos Kaph'uk.
Thailand Kradaat (Bangkok), kradaat dam (Kanchanaburi), horaa (Songkhla, Yala).
Vietnam R[as]y, r[as]y [aw]n.
French Grande tayove

Geographical Distributions

It is unclear where A. macrorrhizos is indigenous. It does not appear to be wild in Malesia, but has been introduced and is often naturalised in the Malesian region and Oceania, and elsewhere in the tropics. Perhaps it should be considered a cultigen.


A. macrorrhizos is a very large herb that can reach up to 400 cm tall, with erect or decumbent stem.

The leaves are not peltate with a size of 80 cm x 60 cm. The petiole is up to 130 cm long but not mottled. The spadix is 13-20 cm long.

Ecology / Cultivation

A. macrorrhizos occurs along roadsides, in waste places and gardens, mostly in wet locations at low and medium altitudes.

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