Taking third place in FOP 2019

on Wednesday, 10 July 2019. Posted in News

In third place: Alocasia macrorrhizos aka Elephant Ear

Alocasia macrorrhizos

  • Loves indirect light out of bright sunlight
  • Keep soil evenly moist but be careful not to over-water
  • Water less during winter

Big leaves seem to be an adaptation to low light levels and are often seen in plants that inhabit forest floors which is definitely the case here. Any direct sun bleaches the leaves yellow.

A plant of many uses: the swollen underground stems are used for food and animal fodder, and the roots and leaves are used medicinally in some countries. For example, in Hawaii, it has been used to treat digestive complaints, as a topical dressing for burns, and as a love charm. In the Philippines, the leaf stalks have been used to relieve toothache and on Java the roots and leaves have been used to relieve pain and redness. The rhizomes contain an anti-fungal protein called alocasin.

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Background
This is the tenth year that we have conducted a poll to find the year’s most popular office plant. Or the plant which best fits the criteria.

A long list is chosen – sometimes by members, sometimes by suppliers. We invite website visitors and members to vote for their top three matching the selected criteria. The top three plants are reviewed by an independent panel of judges who choose the winner.

Plants@work promote this plant and its benefits via the media and social media during National Plants at Work Week in July and at any other suitable occasion.

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From L-R: Matthew Appleby holding the Alocsia, Claudia Yong, Madeleine Evans, Ian Drummond and Chanel de Kock

The criteria considered
The criteria were left the same as ast year - mainly aesthetic and suitability. That's because we all know that plants help to reduce our stress levels and also improve our productivity and creativity - no wonder our member's designs win awards! Of course having them in our workplaces and homes help us to reconnect with nature too

  • Plants that make a statement
  • Plants that work well in indoor green walls
  • Plants make a retro comeback
  • Plants you'd like to see used more