Alocasia king, is a species of the family Araceae, which was recently discovered in East Kalimantan.
With the discovery of a new species of Alocasia king around 2010, it has added to the world of taxonomy, especially Alocasia in Indonesia. Kalimantan is known to have many Alocasia species, according to estimates there are still many Alocasia species that have not been touched or found on the island of Borneo.
Alocasia king Kurniawan & P.C. Boyce
A researcher from the UPT Center for Plant Conservation of the Botanical Gardens “Eka Karya” Bali-LIPI, Agung Kurniawan, claims to be the discoverer of a new species from the genus Alocasia. This new species was named Alocasia king Kurniawan & P.C. Boyce.
The name “king” comes from the Malay language which means “king”. This new species of Alocasia is a medium-sized plant, measuring about 25-30 cm high. and has been published in the International journal “Acta Phytotax. Geo botanic” February 2011 issue-Vol. 61.
Alocasia king, at first glance has a shape similar to Alocasia melo, seen in the appearance of thick, stiff and pale green leaves.