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  Amorphophallus abysiniccus
From: Elizabeth Peters grassyknollexoticplants at yahoo.com> on 2000.06.21 at 17:31:43(4874)
Dear All:

Does anyone know how to get this plant to break
dormancy. I know very little of its cultivation so
any hints on temps and media would be appreciated.
Hardiness? All I know is that it doesn't like water.
Thanks,
Elizabeth Peters

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From: "Don Bittel" dbittel at treco.net> on 2000.06.22 at 20:05:36(4894)
I can't help you on the dormancy thing, but I hope that you really have A.
abysiniccus. I bought 2 from guy wrinkle in calif. that turned out to be
Gonatopus species. They were bulbs that were round and wide on the bottom
and pointy on top, like a triangle or pyramid. they took a while to break
dormancy last summer, and had a very short leaf. but they had that knob or
knee in the stem that proved they were gonatopus and not the real thing. I
checked with guy and he said that they all looked like that.

Don Bittel

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2000.06.23 at 16:49:06(4898)
Now there's a common African phalloid mistake. Gonatopus in Africa is often
misidentified as Amorphophallus, as are, more understandably, Anchomanes
species. An Amorphophallus tuber usually (90% chance) has a noticeable
depression on top in which rests the bud. Indeed, Gonatopus is more
pyramidal.

Wilbert

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