The Alocasia Macrorrhiza Inflorescence,
Spadix, and the Flowers within.

The flowering stem protruding from the main plant is properly called an Inflorescence.
In the lower "bluging" end of the inflorenscence is a small Spadix containing hundreds
of flowers which may be male, female, or bixesual.

If the flowers pollenate, they will produce a seed that will be orange in color. I discovered my first seed in 1998. Almost like Dogwood seed, they are covered with a meaty covering that I removed prior to planting. Give the seeds about two weeks or so and you will see new plants growing. I used Oasis rooting cubes until they sprouted and rooted then placed the young plants into small 4 inch square pots. I will eventually share pictures of the new plants.

New plants also shoot off of the tubers from nodes, similar to an eye of a potato.

New plants produced from the nodes start as small "suckers" or "plantlets". These new plantlets are not mature enough to produce a flower as of yet. When the plantlets are separated from the mother plant, and produce a tuber of their own, they will eventually grow to a larger size and produce an inflorescence. For an Alocasia Macrorrhiza to flower, the tuber needs to be about 2 inches in diameter.

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