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I dunno. People collect velvet leaf alocasia and anthuriums because of the vein pattern against the color of the leaf, with the dark form of the leaf color valued more by some collectors. If variegating velvet leaf plants were really the rage, then you’d think someone like Jay Vannini would have done so decades ago. Instead, his hybrids are darker and most exciting is the new blue anthurium.
As for me, I appreciate that everyone has different tastes, so if these velvet variegations are attractive to some people, then it’s proof variety is the spice of life. On smooth leaf Alocasia, I admire the Fredyk and Macorhizza variegations.