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  Amorph. titanum at Huntington BG
From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 1999.07.27 at 04:33:58(3537)
Here is The Huntington's web site to follow their Amorphophallus titanum


They are expecting it to open around mid-week. New images go up daily. They
have a really lovely setting to display their specimen among the elegant
sculpture and columns, quite befitting this magnificent species.

Donna Atwood
Selby Gardens

From: Al Wootten <awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 1999.07.27 at 15:40:38(3538)
Actually, I found a somewhat different URL for the Titanum flowering:

Clear skies,

From: Al Wootten <awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 1999.07.27 at 15:45:31(3539)
Last time I was at the Huntington, last December, I sought out aroids
but wasn't able to find Amorphophalli. I gather that the A. titanum
usually resides in a research greenhouse, off limits to the public?
Surely it doesn't sit in a columned courtyard most of the time.

Clear skies,
Kicking himself for not following through on his planned trip this week to

From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 1999.07.28 at 13:28:20(3540)
I posted the incorrect URL! It took everyone to a bank!
Here is the correction:


From: SelbyHort at aol.com on 1999.07.28 at 13:32:58(3541)

I think they got their dormant tuber from Mark Dimmitt this last spring. It
was not grown at the Huntington. It is not the first flowering outside, nor
was it grown outdoors. Both of our plants were displayed outdoors (but grown
in a greenhouse) and Fairchild had theirs on display in the Rare Plant House,
which I believe has only shade cloth overhead, so Fairchild's was probably
the first outdoor flowering in this country. However, it is all too easy to
claim being the first at something and once the press gets hold of it, there
is no way to correct the mistake.

Donna Atwood
Selby Gardens

From: markdim at azstarnet.com (Mark A. Dimmitt) on 1999.07.29 at 13:35:01(3543)
>I think they got their dormant tuber from Mark Dimmitt this last spring.

That is correct. I posted to this group last year as to what to do when
such a plant outgrows one's greenhouse. This was my solution. If I had
known that it would flower instead of put out a new, larger leaf, I might
have kept it. At least this way many more people will get to see it. (But
now I have an 8-hour drive to go see it, and only if it's on the weekend
when I can get away.)

I sowed the seed in June 1993, so it is exactly six years old.

From: "Susan Cooper" <SCooper at cooperpower.com> on 1999.07.29 at 16:07:51(3544)
Congratulations, Mark!
You should be very proud, and I hope Huntington has you listed as donor of the plant!
By the way, if you want to get rid of any other plants, you can toss them my way, teehee!

From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey Fisk) on 1999.07.29 at 16:11:13(3545)
We are trying to trace the seed that you planted... Can you tell us where
you got it? Would appreciate any info that you give.

From: markdim at azstarnet.com (Mark A. Dimmitt) on 1999.07.30 at 18:29:41(3547)
Dewey et al.,

In reply to Dewey's inquiry:
>We are trying to trace the seed that you planted... Can you tell us where
>you got it? Would appreciate any info that you give.

I received 3 seeds from Palmengarten's index seminum in 1993; at least I
assumed they were seeds. Kathy Musial of HBG received a broken-English
email from them to the effect that they distributed tissue-cultured
bulblets. Here is my reply to Kathy:

I assumed they were seeds, but I confess I don't know what Amorphophallus
seeds look like. They were all the same size, about 4 cm ovoids if I
remember correctly. There was no pulp but I assumed they had cleaned the
seeds. Though they began to sprout within a couple of weeks, it took a full
year for the first leaf of each to mature and the second to begin, after
which time growth was exponential.

They behaved like different clones too. Of the two I've had for the last
six years, one stopped dividing early on and raced to become the giant
specimen you now have. The other plant, grown beside the first, is still
dividing into 2 or 3 tubers each growth cycle and the one I still have
weighs only a couple of pounds compared to your 37-pounder.

If they are the same clone, I wonder if we could tell by comparing the
markings on the petiole? The several A. paeoniifolius I've had over the
years showed quite a bit of pattern variation.

I guess the best solution to getting an answer would be to find someone to
query Palmengarten in German. (Kathy is doing that.)

From: Michael Marcotrigiano <marcotrigiano at pssci.umass.edu> on 1999.07.30 at 20:48:31(3548)
Tissue cultured Amorphophallus would look like tiny dormant tubers not an
ovoid seed. They would be rough coated not smooth.

At 01:34 PM 7/30/99 -0500, you wrote:

From: Al Wootten awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 1999.08.01 at 16:55:01(3550)
According to spies at Caltech:

The predicted date of opening of the "flower" has been moved to tomorrow--
right now it is almost six feet tall. Apparently, it has really begun to smell
raunchy which means that it is about to open (yeehaw!). No word on
thermogenesis monitoring by infrared spacecraft instrumentation.

If you're really obsessed, you can get updates on this thing at that
Amorphophallus titanum hotline: 1-800-200-5566.

Clear skies,

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