In Taiwan this is a common species in primary and secondary rain forest from almost sea-level to over 2000 m elevation. Stem more than 1 m tall. Rhizomes large. Leaf peltate, broadly ovate, 30-100 cm long, 20-50 cm broad, apex short acuminate, base cordate-sagittate, margins entire or undulate, lateral veins 9-12 on each side. petiole green, to 1.5 m long. Peduncles 2 or 3 together, cylindrical, green, 20-30 cm; spathe oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, limb concave; spadix: female part geenish white, sterile male part white; fertile male part yellowish; appendix pale yellowish, conic. Berry globose, red, seeds 1 or 2.
An amazingly architectural plant that has large elephant ear shaped leaves. Alocasia odora will tolerate a few degrees of frost and is one of the hardier Aroids. It is usually better to bring them into a heated conservatory or greenhouse for the winter though. They are very similar to A. macrorrhizos growing up to 5feet tall. Grows in full sun or part-shade and water well during the growing seasons. Seed must never be allowed to dry out during cleaning and storage. Seeds are shipped moist to ensure viability.
Native to, China, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan
The Ryukyus of Japan, China, Taiwan, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand.