Homalomenas are tropical plants native to the humid rainforests of Southeastern Asia. ‘Selby’ is characterized by light-to-medium green oval foliage with dark green speckling throughout. Its thick leaves are lush and striking.
Homalomenas are tropical to subtropical native plants found in such humid climes of Columbia, Costa Rica, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Malaysia and the Philippines. Nearly 135 species of Homalomena plants can be found in the rainforest floors of southern Asia east to Melanesia. These indigenous florae are among the more than 100 species of tropical plants in the aroid family of Araceae. Through Central America and northern South America, there are 12 additional species of growing Homalomena plants alone. Homalomena foliage and stems run the gamut from deep greens to reds, burgundies, and copper tones. Appearing to be waxen, the leaves are of a heart or semi-heart shape speaking to the common names for Homalomena: “queen of hearts” or “shield plant.” Homalomena houseplants have attractive but very few finger-like blooms.