Araceae of Lambir Hills National Park, Sarawak
Morphospecies 1

This species (most likely a member of the genus Alocasia) was found growing terrestrially by the side of the path to the CTFS Lambir plot. Occupying the shady undergrowth of this secondary forest might have been the reason that the leaves were so large (about half a meter). Its leaf morphology is designed to shed rain efficiently with gutters going out to the side. It had white flowers blooming and a crimson leaf beetle was observed on the calx (flower stalk). It is typical of the Araceae family to attract beetles for pollination.