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  Alocasia melo
From: mood at poi.net (John Mood) on 1997.10.04 at 22:08:47(1390)
to K. Kozmin.
Looking at various Alocasia pictures on the net sites, it seems that what is
being called Alocasia cv."blackie", "black velvet" might be the new species
recently described by Dr. Hay. This is a Bornean species and was published
in the last issue of Curtis's Botanical Mag. (I believe).

your comments

From: "Peter Boyce" <P.Boyce at lion.rbgkew.org.uk> on 1997.10.06 at 09:14:02(1396)
Dear John

I have just spent a couple of weeks inthe US and had a chance to see
a number of these glorious Alocasia species that are being grown at
present. Most of these are related to A. melo, A. scabriuscula and
A. guttata, among others.

All these species are characterised by the spathes generally
ivory-white throughout (including the lower spathe which is more
generally green), variously dotted, streaked, edged or suffused with
purple. The spathe limb typically becomes very fully reflexed at the
point of constriction towards the end of female anthesis. The
spadices are also generally ivory throughout, with little if any
development of chlorophyll in the ovary at the flowering stage. The
leaves are distinctly leathery in texture, with the petiole often

Alocasia 'Black Velvet' and 'Blackie' are, I think, the same and
represent an undescribed species related to, but distinct from, A,

Alocasia 'Elaine', A. guttatus (an as yet unpublished name) and A.
'Green Shield' are all yet to be scientifically described and all
represent new species.


From: "Peter Boyce" p.boyce at rbgkew.org.uk> on 2001.06.26 at 08:29:05(6886)
Hi Steve

Nice to hear from you.

Alocasia 'Black Velvet' ('Blackie') now has an official identification:
A. reginula

For interest, herewith a list of Alocasia cvs and their official names.

Alocasia 'Elaine' = A. reginae
A. 'Black Velvet' = A. reginula
A. 'Blackie' = A. reginula
A. 'Hana' = A. reversa
A. 'Green Shield' = A. clypeolata
A. 'Green Cuprea' = A. clypeolata
A. 'Samar Lance' = A. scalprum
A. 'Quilted Dreams' = A. sinuata
A. 'Bullata' = A. sinuata

Best wishes


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