Alocasia longiloba - Dragon Scale Alocasia
Alocasia longiloba, also known as "Dragon Scale Alocasia" is a tropical plant species that is native to Southeast Asia. It belongs to the Araceae family, and it is grown for its large, glossy, and strikingly textured leaves that can reach up to 2-3 feet in length.
The leaves of Dragon Scale Alocasia are shield-shaped and have a metallic sheen with an almost iridescent quality. They are dark green with a reddish-bronze hue on the undersides, and are covered in a pattern of raised, green scales that resemble the skin of a dragon. The edges of the Dragon Scale Alocasia leaves are wavy and slightly serrated.
This plant is relatively easy to care for, but it requires consistent moisture, warmth, and humidity. It thrives in bright, indirect light and can be propagated by division of the rhizome or by stem cuttings. Dragon Scale Alocasia is a popular choice for tropical gardens and indoor plant collections, and it is prized for its unique and exotic appearance.
Ed's Plant Profile
- Botanical Name: Alocasia Longiloba
- Common Name: Dragon Scale Alocasia
- Family: Araceae
- Native Range: Southeast Asia
Ed's Care Guide
- Care: Moderate
- Light: Moderate to Bright, indirect light. Avoid direct light.
- Water: Keep soil moist, but not soggy
- Humidity: High
- Temperature: 55-85F. Avoid cold drafts.
- Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
- Feeding: Fertilize every three weeks during the warmer months with a one half-strength fertilizer
- Propagation: Root division in spring or early summer
- Pests: Look out for mealybugs, spider mites, aphids
- Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets.