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Family: ARACEAE 

 Amorphophallus konjac
 


Day twenty-four.

 
Author:   Karl Heinrich Emil Koch, 1858
Family:  Araceae
Origin:  China, Vietnam
Soil:  Peat
Water:  Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  40 centimetres
Height:  175 centimetres
Flower:  Dark Red/Brown
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Leopardstilk, Corpse Flower, Devil's Tongue, Voodoo Lily, Leopard Palm, Snake Palm, Umbrella Arum
Synonyms:  Might be:  Proteinophallus rivieri, Joseph Dalton Hooker, 1875.
Amorphophallus rivieri,
Dur. ex Riviere, 1869
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Good and bad news: My plant is starting to flower, and I have nowhere to place it outside!



This might be the fruit of an other Amorphophallus, but it is pretty close. 

   This member of the Araceae family was described by Karl Heinrich Emil Koch in 1858. It is found in China to Vietnam, growing in a rich peat with lots of water in summer. The single leaf of the plant will get 175 centimetres high, the sub-terrain bulb 40 centimetres in diameter. The extreme large flower is dark red-brown, and stinks! The plant can be reproduced both by seeds and dividing of the bulbs.

SubFamily: Aroideae, Tribe: Thomsonieae

The genera name from ancient Greek 'amorphos', "without form, misshapen" and 'phallos', "penis", referring to the shape of the prominent spadix). The species name may originate from the local name.

 The flowers have a significant odour of - rotting meat.

This plant has a sub-terrain bulb, and is a little out of my league, but who would turn an offer like this down. I couldn't say No to Alex.


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Day eighteen.


This is the bulb. Roots will appear on the top


The bottom of the caudex is smooth.