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From: "Craig Allen" callen at fairchildgarden.org> on 2001.05.14 at 20:43:45(6457)
You can smell the Amorphophallus titanum from the employee parking lot 100's
of feet away. I bet the neighbors across the street are going to be
wondering what's going on.

Craig M. Allen

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From: Paul Tyerman ptyerman at ozemail.com.au> on 2001.05.15 at 08:27:44(6463)
Howdy All,

Sorry to ask yet another question.........

How old is Mr Stinky? How old does an Amorphophallus titanum have to be to
flower? For that matter, how old do the other species need to be to flower
(I'm talking from seed to flowering here)? I realise that A. bulbifer
grows bulbils which are easier than seed.... but how many years does it
take the bulbils to reach maturity? I realised looking at all those
different ones at the Fairchild site that I have absolutely no idea at all.

I've got so many questions about them now. How much do the tubers of the
variosu species usually weigh when they get to flowering size?

Ok... I'l stop now. You can see that this has gotten to me a bit. I just
wish I could see them in person. Does anyone know if there are any mature
specimens of A. titanum and A. gigas in Australia?

Cheers.

Paul Tyerman

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From: "Michael Pascall" mickpascall at hotmail.com> on 2001.05.16 at 09:20:22(6472)
Paul, some Amorphophallus spp. can grow and flower very quickly . A. henryi
recvd from Wilbert as seed in 1996 ,
grew well and flowered and set seed in only 4 years .
Though our tropical climate may have helped a bit .
Seed of A galbra I planted in late December , has amazed me by producing a
tuber of over 1 cm in a little over 4 months .
I am certain that the Sydney Botanical Gardens has a very large A titanum.
And several other spp.
And I am preying that Craig gets his A gigas to set seed again , so some can
come 'down under'.

Michael Pascall,,WHYANBEEL ARBORETUM,F.N.Q,AUSTRALIA

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From: Al Wootten awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 2001.05.16 at 21:44:22(6481)
Paul Tyerman writes:
>
> Howdy All,
>
> Sorry to ask yet another question.........
>
> How old is Mr Stinky? How old does an Amorphophallus titanum have to be to
> flower? For that matter, how old do the other species need to be to flower
> (I'm talking from seed to flowering here)? I realise that A. bulbifer
> grows bulbils which are easier than seed.... but how many years does it
> take the bulbils to reach maturity? I realised looking at all those
> different ones at the Fairchild site that I have absolutely no idea at all.
Actually, I found A. bulbifer about the same from seed as from bulbils
but perhaps others have larger bulbils than mine. And I still await my
first flower (I did see one at MOBOT a few years ago).
BTW...
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