This Alocasia melo is surprisingly tougher than I had thought. It withstood the wet weather and tropical storms in recent weeks and even produced a new leaf which, as you can see, looks truly like an elegant jewel. From my search on this Jewel Alocasia, which used to be sold as Alocasia rugusa, does not tolerate of too much moisture and should be kept out of the rain and under shelter. As it has been growing outdoors in my backyard from the start, I did not move it even when the rainy season started more than a month ago, for fear of disruption to its growing condition. Of all the Jewel Alocasias, this one has the thickest leaf, as well as the most heavily textured leaf. It could easily pass off as a plastic plant if you didn't know this was the real thing. This Alocasia is endemic to Sabah, Borneo, and was first described as A. melo in 1997.