Alocasia brisbanensis —Cunjevoi, Spoon Lily— ARACEAE

Alocasia brisbanensis

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Habitat—Grows on rainforest margins and as an understorey herb; chiefly in coastal districts.

Distribution—North from the Illawarra region, inland to Dorrigo and upper Clarence River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Massive erect to decumbent herb 1—1.8 m high; stem c. 12 cm diam., covered in old leaf bases.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dixon Property, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Ohmas Bay, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Sagittate to ovate—sagittate, to c. 70 cm long and 60 cm wide, glossy green, glabrous; petiole to c. 1.1 m long, purplish brown to green.

Alocasia brisbanensis
Alocasia brisbanensis

Inflorescence.—Peduncle about as long as the petioles. Spathe c. 25 cm long, constricted about a third of the length from the base, the limb ovate to lanceolate, spoon—like (rarely reflexed), usually green, withering away. Spadix slightly shorter than the spathe, tapering, highly fragrant. Male flowers usually linear with up to 40 fused anthers.

Flowering.—December to January

Fruit—Fruit ovoid, 8—15 mm long, red when ripe; fruiting head enclosed by lower part of spathe.

Ripe.—March to May

Alocasia brisbanensis