Taxon: Alocasia cucullata (Lour.) G. Don

 
Genus: Alocasia
Family: Araceae
  Subfamily: Aroideae
      Tribe: Colocasieae
Nomen number: 2486
Place of publication: R. Sweet, Hort. brit. ed. 3:631. 1839 "cucullatum"
Comment: published as "A. cucullatum Persoon, syn. pl.," an indirect reference to the basionym Arum cucullatum Lour. via Caladium cucullatum (Lour.) Pers. (Melbourne ICN Art. 41.3)
Name Verified on: 06-Nov-2006 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 21-Jan-2014
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 5 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Chinese ape  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • Chinese taro  (Source: Hortus 3) - English
  • Kupfer-Pfeilblatt  (Source: Zander Ency) - German
  • inhame-chinês  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Dict Gard; A. Hay, pers. comm.)
  • Human food: starch (fide Mansf Ency)
  • Human food: vegetable (fide L Edible Pl)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Mansf Ency)

Distributional Range:

    Native:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China - Fujian, - Guangdong, - Guizhou, - Sichuan, - Yunnan, - Guangxi, - Hainan
    • Eastern Asia: Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bangladesh; India; Nepal; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Laos; Myanmar; Vietnam

  • Naturalized:

  • Asia-Temperate

    • Eastern Asia: Japan
  • Southern America

    • Central America: Costa Rica; Honduras

  • Cultivated:

  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India; Sri Lanka
    • Indo-China: Myanmar; Thailand
    • Malesia: Malaysia

References:

  • Chen. J. et al. 2004. Interspecific relationships of Alocasia revealed by AFLP analysis J. Hort. Sci. Biotechnol. 79:582-586.
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences Flora reipublicae popularis sinicae. 1959- (F China)
  • Dassanayake, M. D. & F. R. Fosberg, eds. A revised handbook to the flora of Ceylon. 1980- (F Ceylon)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Govaerts, R. & D. G. Frodin World checklist and bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae). 2002 (L Araceae)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Guangdong Inst. Bot., ed. Flora Hainanica. 1964-1977 (F Hainan)
  • Hanelt, P., ed. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6. 2001 (Mansf Ency)
  • Hay, A. 1998. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hay, A. et al. 1995. Checklist of the Araceae of Malesia, Australia, and the tropical Western Pacific region (Blumea) Suppl. 8:13.
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. 1974-1989 (F LAnt)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • Kunkel, G. Plants for human consumption. 1984 (L Edible Pl)
  • Li, H. L. et al., eds. Flora of Taiwan. 1975-1979 (F Taiwan)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Mansfeld, R. Die Kulturpflanze, Beiheft 2. 1959 (Mansfeld)
  • Nauheimer, L. et al. 2012. Giant taro and its relatives: a phylogeny of the large genus Alocasia (Araceae) sheds light on Miocene floristic exchange in the Malesian region Molec. Phylogenet. Evol. 63:43-51.
  • Parham, J. W. Plants of the Fiji islands, revised ed. 1972 (F Fiji)
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Smith, A. C. Flora vitiensis nova. 1979-1991 (F Viti)
  • Walker, E. Flora of Okinawa and the southern Ryukyu Islands. 1976 (F Okin)
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. Flora of China (English edition). 1994- (F ChinaEng)

Synonyms:

Check other web resources for Alocasia cucullata (Lour.) G. Don :

  • Flora of China: Online version from Harvard University
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Alocasia cucullata cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.