Alocasia sanderiana

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Alocasia sanderiana
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Wild Alocasia sanderiana in Bukidnon, Philippines
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Alocasia
Species: A. sanderiana
Binomial name
Alocasia sanderiana
(Schott) G.Don

Alocasia sanderiana, commonly known as the Kris plant, is a plant in the Araceae family. It is endemic to Misamis Occidental and Bukidnon, in the Philippines. It is classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Cultivated Alocasia sanderiana

Alocasia sanderiana is also known as the kris plant because of the resemblance of its leaf edges to the wavy blade of the kalis dagger (also known as kris or keris). It is a tropical perennial with upright shiny, V-shaped and deeply lobed leaves. The plant can be up to 6 ft (2 m) tall and large in its native habitat. However, cultivated specimens are smaller.

It possesses leaves that are evergreen, pelted, V-shaped, deeply lobed, and a glossy deep-green with large silvery white veins. They are about 12-16 in (30–40 cm) long and 6-8 in (15–20 cm) wide, with red-green undersides. The leaf stem is about 2 ft (60 cm) long. The rhizome of Alocasia sanderiana is vertically placed and is known as root stock.

It has creamy-white inflorescences that are about 6 in (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. The fruits are orange-red berries and are not edible.


1.Alocasia sanderiana is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for its large dramatic foliage. In non-tropical climates it is used as a house plant.

2.Alocasia sanderiana plant used for nanomaterials to fight and prevent bacteria in vitro [1]

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  1. ^ Medecilo, M.P.; Ong, R.G. & Amoroso, V.B. (2008). "Alocasia sanderiana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 

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