Alocasia sanderiana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Alocasia sanderiana
Species Authority: W. Bull
Common Name(s):
English Sander's Alocasia
Alocasia sanderiana Hort. ex Bull
Schizocasia sanderiana (W. Bull) Engl.
Taxonomic Notes: The species was first described by W. Bull in 1884. It can easily be distinguished from the rest of the Alocasia species by its deeply undulate to subpinnatifid margins and white veined leaves.   

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Medecilo, M.P., Ong, R.G. & Amoroso, V.B.
Reviewer(s): Madulid, D.A. & Agoo, E.M.G.(IUCN SSC Philippine Plant Red List Authority)
The species is found in two locations, namely Bukidnon and Misamis Occidental (MindanaoIsland).  The population is confined to secondary and primary forest at lower elevations.  Both locations are protected areas, however, part of Mt.Malindang Range is now being logged by indigenous and local people. In Bukidnon, the population of A. sanderiana was found growing in the Almaciga Reforestation Project area. This place is frequented by local tourists who visit the waterfalls in the area.  

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Occurs on MindanaoIsland (Philippines) in Misamis Occidental (Mt.Malindang) and Bukidnon Provinces (Impalutao Reforestation Project) at 777 m asl (08º15'190'' N and 125º02'135'' E). 

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Population [top]

Population: A. sanderiana is confined to two locations: Mt.MalindangRange in Misamis Occidental and Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, but no nformation on population size is available..
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

Found in primary and secondary forest at low altitudes.

Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: A. sanderiana is used as ornamental plant because of its colourful and enduring foliage. It is also reported that the species is used by the natives to treat headaches. 50% of the global population are utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Agricultural expansion (kaingin) and associated increased exploitation are the main threats to A. sanderiana at Mt.MalindangRange.  In Bukidnon, the population is at risk from recreational activities; the area is often visited by local tourists due to the presence of water falls and swimming pools. Plants are collected for ornamental and medicinal use.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Both locations were declared as protected areas but the implementation is very poor.

Citation: Medecilo, M.P., Ong, R.G. & Amoroso, V.B. 2008. Alocasia sanderiana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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