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  Typhonium violifolium
From: Don Burns donburns at macconnect.com> on 2000.07.13 at 16:47:36(5094)
Just acquired Typhonium violifolium and am observing an interesting growth
habit. Two leaves have emerged. I would describe these leaves as reniform
to orbicular, a little unusual for Araceae in general. But the fascinating
thing about the leaves is thay are both hugging the planting medium. They
are lying flat on top of the medium, and petioles have grown just long
enough to allow the leaves remain flat on the surface.

I have not found a reference to this plant anywhere, except on Tropicos.
Can someone steer me to information, horticultural or otherwise?

Don Burns

From: DBurch2345 at aol.com on 2000.07.13 at 20:04:02(5101)
Don - I hesitate to suggest this, but your description sounds awfully like
some of the kaempferias that make a couple of leaves of that shape that hug
the ground. They are on the market as K. galanga, but may not all be that. I
push potting medium under mine as they get close to the edge of the pot to
make them ride up over it, otherwise they get very frustrated.

Derek Burch

From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2000.07.14 at 15:52:47(5111)

There is no real horticultural info on it, since it has never been in
cultivation on any relevant scale. The ground-hugging may be real, or the
result of deep potting. My plants do it but often enough they also raise the
leaf-blade well above the surface. You'll be surprised too to find that the
leaf stalks produce bulbils much like Pinellia ternata. The inflorescence of
T. violiifolium is small but has a VERY strong sweet scent, filling a
mega-greenhouse all by its own. Enjoy!!


From: "Peter Boyce" p.boyce at rbgkew.org.uk> on 2000.07.14 at 16:09:58(5115)

That's a perfect description of T. violiifolium. I've seen this species
in Laos, carpeting an entire roadside for several metres in precisely
the manner you describe. Another thing to watch out for is that it
will produce adventitious bulbils at the base of the leaf lamina (at
the junction of the petiole) AND at the tip of the lamina.


From: "James W. Waddick" jim-jim at swbell.net> on 2000.07.29 at 09:01:15(5167)
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