Alocasia fornicata, is a species of broadleaf plant, which has a large number of leaves. This unique plant, which at first glance looks similar to a banana stem, belongs to the Araceae family.
Although Alocasia fornicata has the appearance of a banana stem, it is a perennial (tuberous) plant. This plant is native to Asia, especially found in North East India (Mizoram and Tripura). In its natural habitat Alocasia fornicata can grow as high as 2 to 3 meters. In Indonesia, this plant has been widely cultivated, and is known as “Alocasia Banana”.
The petiole of Alocasia fornicata is slightly pinkish, the leaves are triangular in shape and wide and grow horizontally.
In the stem there is a sap containing calcium oxalate or needle-shaped raphides which is believed to be a defense against plant predators, and is also harmful to humans which causes poisoning, tearing and damaging the mucous membranes in the throat.
In North East India (Mizoram and Tripura), this plant is used as a complementary food ingredient for vegetables that are preferred, which is taken on the stem, by peeling and boiling until completely cooked, so that the toxins will be removed.
Alocasia fornicata, likes watery habitats, and can grow well and reach a height of 3 meters. This plant is categorized as an ornamental plant, especially as a pond ornament in pairs with lotus. In Indonesia this plant is more popular with the name “Alocasia Banana”.