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
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.
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.