Hailing from Southeast Asia, this popular elephant's ear (Alocasia x amazonica, part of the Alocasia genus) is sometimes called African mask. It's a hybrid that makes a striking and beautiful houseplant and is typically sold as such. It is defined by its deep green leaves accentuated by whitish or light green veins.
Your African mask plant prefers a tight fit in its pot, so don't repot too often. Humidity is second on the list of necessities for your new houseplant. Alocasia thrives in a moist environment and needs plenty of water during active growth. This is a plant that definitely needs a pebble tray beneath it.
If Alocasia has yellow leaves, it's been too wet or too dry. Root or stem rot can occur sometimes. Plantsmust be free of brown spots and brown leaf edges, often caused by insufficient humidity and/or the potting soil being too dry. This can also cause the plant to droop.
Toxicity to pets
Alocasia plants contain insoluble oxalate crystals similar to other plants in the Araceae family. Chewing or biting into this plant will release these crystals causing tissue penetration and irritation the mouth and GI tract.