As a passionate and enthusiastic member of the fast-growing houseplant community, I’m always on the lookout for unique additions to my collection. We previously looked at the eye-catching Alocasia zebrina, but in just a few months a new entry (also an Alocasia) has begun to take over. This is the Alocasia stingray (full name Alocasia macrorrhiza ‘Sting Ray’).

This plant is sure to catch your eye when spotted, with its almost unreal appearance. The stems are tall and arching, similar to other Alocasia species, but with one standout feature – its leaves are shaped like miniature stingrays. The leaves bend inwards with a slight ruffle at the ends, while the tips form long, narrow tails that extend over the entire plant, making it an incredibly unique addition to any collection.

Despite its unusual appearance, the Alocasia stingray is actually quite easy to care for. It requires similar conditions to other Alocasia species, including a full day of bright, indirect light, warm temperatures, and high humidity that remains consistent throughout the year. It’s important to keep the soil moderately moist, but not soggy, and to rotate the pot every few days to prevent the stingray-shaped leaves from leaning toward the nearest light source.

With its distinctive appearance and easy-to-care-for nature, it’s a must-have for any houseplant enthusiast.