Which aroid might I be?

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Date Photo Taken: 08/16/2018
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco MX
Posted By: Richard Couture


I just got this one for 1 dollar and would like to know what it is. From the flower I am guessing that it is an aroid of some sort.
Kinda looks like typhonium trilobatum but mine has a mottled stem while photos of the t. trilobatum on the Internet appear to be green without mottling.




  1. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Not able to see the anatomy of its flowers, it will be hard to narrow down. In my humble opinion, your interesting specimen’s flowers are not a match for T. trilobatum, also I can’t tell if yours is an aroid hybrid. You should try the experts at included link below. Please share its ID whenever you have it. Thank you & best wishes Richard!


    August 21st, 2018 at 1:54 pm
  2. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Check out Chlorospatha croatiana in the Chlorosatha genus (I’m saying this is your genus.)


    August 21st, 2018 at 2:00 pm
  3. Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    I’ve been browsing the Internet for the last hour or so investigating your suggestion that my plant is a clorospatha croatiana and I do believe that you have nailed it right on. The descriptions include the mottled stems that have ruled out all others that I have considered before asking your opinion.
    Thanks so much


    August 21st, 2018 at 10:01 pm
  4. laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Oops, so sorry Richard! I meant to type: ‘I’m not saying this is yours’ instead. I thought you might be interest to check out the C. croatiana’s inflorescence image to compare. We still need an Aroid expert for a confirmed ID. Maybe you can get some help with Brian’s Botanicals to see if yours is a hybrid or species and of which genera. Once again, I apologized for the mix up. Best wishes!

    August 22nd, 2018 at 1:02 am
  5. Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    I wrote to them a week or so ago and have yet to receive a response. I note that the last update on their ID web site is dated 2012.
    I am fairly certain from the photos and descriptions that I have found that it is a Chlorospatha Croatiana



    August 28th, 2018 at 7:15 pm
  6. Richard Couture Master Identifier says:

    Brian finally answered me as follows:

    The chlorospatha and Xanthosoma are very closely related. This does look similar to Chlorospatha croatiana but also very similar to Xanthosoma
    helleborifolium. Only two people I know can possibly ID this plant.
    Dr Tom Croat at Missouri botanical gardens and Eduardo Gonçalves. They are possibly the top botanist on the subject.
    Thanks sorry I could not be of more help.

    So I guess that I will wait until it shapes up a bit and looks better before pursuing it’s identity further, though I am leaning STRONGLY towards Clorospatha



    August 31st, 2018 at 4:03 pm

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