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  Titan Watch 4/30/2001
From: "Craig Allen" callen at fairchildgarden.org> on 2001.04.30 at 11:47:06(6328)
Monday 4/30/2001. The Amorphophallus titanium inflorescence is 32.5 inches
today. The bract is still clinging around the inflorescence but more and
more of the beautiful folded spathe is showing by the hour. Still haven't
gotten the display set up around it like I want, but it is on view in the
area behind the epiphyte room. Our Marketing department will be swinging
into action this week to get an audience for "Mr. Stinky", our botanical
star.

The spadix toppled on the A. gigas over the weekend, but a second much
smaller one is going to bloom. It might be at about the time of the Titan.

Anchomanes hookeri has a number of open inflorescence and new leaves, just
watch out for the wicked spines.

I have 2 different collections of A. bulbifer about to open. It might not be
the rarest species, but the pink inflorescence is really beautiful.

The prolific Pseudodracontiums are all popping up with blooms and flowers
both.

As Julius mentioned, the Dracontiums are beginning to emerge. So far just
foliage at the top of the beautifully patterned petioles.

Speaking of petioles, the Aroid sp. that Bogner identified as Xanthosoma sp.
sect. Acontias is up. The reticulated petiole looks like a beautiful snake
skin. Also the Amorphophallus eichleri has a really beautiful pattern of
beige/pink/green mottling on the petiole that flows beautifully up the main
veins of the lobed leaf.

Stay tuned for more of the greatest natural show on earth.

Craig M. Allen

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From: "Ron Iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2001.05.01 at 07:28:17(6336)
Dear Craig,

In spite of my wry Spathiphyllum orientated humour I must congratulate
you for your wonderful dedication and enthusiasm for your extra-ordinary
flowerings of Amorphophallus and effusive descriptions. Truly - Wonderful,
your vital
communications to Aroid L even made me want to fly over to see Barnum's
(sorry Dr. Craig Allen's)greatest Natural Show on Earth! Great Publicity
for Great Fairchild!

Keep up the brilliant work!

Best Wishes

Ron Iles

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