Hardy Elephant Ear
Also known as
Went's Hardy Elephant Ear, Upright Elephant Ear, New Guinea Shield, Hooded Dwarf Elephants Ear
Alocasia wentii kz1 by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz (CC BY-SA 4.0)
10 years to reach maturity
Alocasia wentii is a large perennial from the Araceae family. Originating from tropical rainforest environments, this species is native to New Guinea. It typically grows to over a metre in height, producing a thickened lower stem, termed a corm. Commonly known as Went's Hardy Elephant Ear, Upright Elephant Ear, Hooded Dwarf Elephants Ear or New Guinea Shield. Leaves are produced alternately on individual, mottled brown stems, they are large, up to 85cm long by 40cm wide at their biggest. Leaves are long and arrow-shaped, coloured dark green on the upper surface, with attractive veins and purple-bronze on the underside. Flowers measure between 6-13cm in length, they are enclosed by a spathe structure, coloured cream-white or green-tinged. Fruits are round and bright orange, they measure approximately 4-7mm in length and contain one seed each.