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Colocasia Elepaio

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 7 March 2019 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This is a spectacular rare elephant ear that originally was available only to the Hawaiian Royalties. The 3' tall leaves are heavily spotted with paint-like white flecks. The markings are random and no two leaves are the same. Some of the leaves may have white spots as large as half of the leaf (right photo) and others have freckles.

Spotted in the Aroid House at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois on February 2, 2019.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is handsome.

7 Mar 2019 5:13am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Really beautiful and impressive leaves.

7 Mar 2019 5:19am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very nice colagework. Well done!

7 Mar 2019 5:25am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelles plantes et feuilles quel double vert superbe
Belle jour née

7 Mar 2019 5:30am

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely capture...
Here the leaves are plain green and very smooth. We cook even the leaves !! Full of vitamins!

7 Mar 2019 5:36am

Martine Girard from brest, France

J'aime les différents tons de verts.

7 Mar 2019 6:02am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Elles sont superbes ces feuilles dans leurs nuances de teintes.
Bonne journée Steven

7 Mar 2019 6:14am

omar from Kunduz, Afghanistan

Like a painting!

7 Mar 2019 7:07am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Elles sont de belles tailles

7 Mar 2019 8:06am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ces feuilles

7 Mar 2019 8:18am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Incroyable ...et superbe !
Bonne journée

7 Mar 2019 8:20am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium


7 Mar 2019 9:26am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully documented variegated leaves

7 Mar 2019 9:52am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful nature art !

7 Mar 2019 10:07am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Excellent look at these leaves Steven. Nice work.

7 Mar 2019 10:32am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Feuilles tachetées magnifiques. )

7 Mar 2019 11:12am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful capture of these special and superb leaves !

7 Mar 2019 11:25am

Don from Spokane, United States

The white spots on the sleeves is surprising. I suppose it makes them very unusual

7 Mar 2019 1:46pm

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Very original these leaves ! so beautiful and well presented !

7 Mar 2019 3:39pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Just got back from tropical Malaysia two days ago!
Came across some of these giant taro leaves out there too.
Sadly, none of them were as pretty as these variegated leaves.
Just solid green. ;)

7 Mar 2019 3:52pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, United States

Gorgeous leaves. The spots of color variations are stunning, like art!

7 Mar 2019 6:20pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

This is very specific the white spots.
Interesting story.

7 Mar 2019 8:11pm

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

So beautiful!

7 Mar 2019 8:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Amazing leaves and quite beautiful, too.

8 Mar 2019 12:51am

jeanmadis from CHONBURI, Thailand

Etonnant, avec toutes ses nuances du vert au blanc.

8 Mar 2019 1:33am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is so interesting! I love the patterns and the different shades of green. It makes beautiful artwork!

8 Mar 2019 1:38am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

pretty leaves, though I don't quite get the split framing

8 Mar 2019 3:50am

Ginnie from Netherlands

You have showcased these elephant ears beautifully, Steven. I have always loved that that's what they're called. :)

8 Mar 2019 6:04am

Anne from France

You have them outside? lucky you!

8 Mar 2019 7:36am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

Wow, I've found every green tone! Beautiful.

8 Mar 2019 7:41am

willy from Belgium

la beauté de la nature Steven...

une image qui me plait beaucoup

have a nice day

8 Mar 2019 8:56am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A lovely two panel presentation. This is a welcome sight to my winter-tired eyes.

8 Mar 2019 2:38pm

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

What are these special leaves

8 Mar 2019 2:42pm

@Marjolein: The title of the photo identifies them. :-)

Remus from Portugal

That is, all the leaves are really unique.
Nature has really wonderful things.
Well done!

8 Mar 2019 3:50pm

fereshteh. from mas, Iran

So beautiful.

8 Mar 2019 7:19pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Magnifique feuillage !

9 Mar 2019 12:56pm

Marité from France

Impressionnantes oreilles d'éléphant !!! Et cette particularité d'être différentes c'est étonnant !!!
Bonne journée.

10 Mar 2019 12:05pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Des feuilles très étranges presque albinos.

10 Mar 2019 8:09pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

they look so healthy

11 Mar 2019 7:27pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

I've always found these so unusual - how asymmetrical the patterns are!

12 Mar 2019 3:08am