Kris Plant
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Kris Plant
ntroduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Kris Plant
Botanical name: Alocasia sanderiana    Family: Araceae (Arum family)

Kris plant is a tropical perennial with upright shiny, V-shaped and deeply lobed leaves. It is native to Philippines, and grown as an ornamental plant in tropical countries. The plant can be up to 6 ft tall and large in its native tropical habitat, but is much smaller in culture. Leaves are evergreen, pelted, V-shaped, deeply lobed, glossy deep-green with large silvery white veins. They are about 30-40 cm long and 15-20 cm wide, with red-green undersides. The leaf stem is about 2 ft long. This plant has creamy-white inflorescences that are about 15 cm long, and that are made of a green and white spathe that covers the tiny flowers. Female flowers are grouped at the lower part of the inflorescence, whereas the male flowers are at the top.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Nagpur & Nasik, Maharashtra.

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