from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of stove foliage plants of 20 or more species belonging to the family Araceæ, natives of tropical Asia and the Malayan Islands. Closely allied to Colocasia. See cut under
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun Any of several tropical
Asian plants, of the genus Alocasia, having heart- or arrowhead-shaped leaves
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun any plant of the genus Alocasia having large showy basal leaves and boat-shaped spathe and reddish berries
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For instance, you can have a big yellow palm at the corner, with a bushy alocasia to camouflage the big pot, and a smaller asparagus in front.
At home, I can afford to have a bit more variety, including a large number of plants that I bring in from outside before frost (gardenia, jasmines, alocasia, musa).
1 BULB: Elephant's ear, colocasia spp., alocasia spp.