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  what does inflorescence mean?
From: SongString at aol.com on 2003.06.04 at 07:57:05(10308)
What does inflorescence mean? It reminds me of something that glows in the
dark, but that can't be right. I know the flower of the A.Titanum is the
largest inflorescence, but does that mean there is another flower that is larger in
the world, because it is not categorized as an inflorescence?

If there is a larger flower than the A. titanum, what is it?

Nancy

From: "Val Gillman" hortma at totheinter.net> on 2003.06.04 at 08:42:26(10309)
I think inflorescence means that on the stalk there are many flowers- like
the a. titanum has hundreds of tiny ones. maybe there is a big flower one to
a stem, somewhere.
just guessing
Valerie

> What does inflorescence mean? It reminds me of something that glows in
the

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From: moto_do at t-online.de (Thomas Mottl) on 2003.06.04 at 08:52:51(10310)
Nancy,
Inflorescence means "flowering"
Glow in the dark is phosphorescence
A. titanum has not the biggest inflorescence in the World
Each apple tree has a bigger inflorescence.
A. titanum has hundred or thousands of inflorescences like most Aroids,
the cluster of those inflorescences is very big. Look at a Sunflower,
there are hundreds of inflorescences in the middle of the"flower" but
each of it is a real botanical flower and produce a seed.
Hopefully I am right :-)
Regards
Thomas

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From: Leslie Georgeson skinnychick2 at yahoo.com> on 2003.06.04 at 09:02:36(10311)
Hi Nancy,

An inflorescence is basically a flower, or, to be more descriptive, "the manner of development and arrangement of flowers on a stem." Also called a "flower cluster." As far as I know (and my knowledge is thus far limited), A. Titanum is the largest flower in the world.

Leslie

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From: "Petra Schmidt" petra at plantdelights.com> on 2003.06.04 at 09:08:39(10312)
Hi there...Time to buy a good book on botanical terms and my favorite is: A
Dictionary of Botany by R. John Little and C. Eugene Jones - they define
inflorescence as:
"the arrangement of flowers on a floral axis; a floral cluster"

which means the individual flowers are clustered together on one
stalk...Amorph. titanum has the largest inflorescence in the world;
Rafflesia has the largest individual flower in the world...
Petra

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From: "Albert Huntington" amh at ieee.org> on 2003.06.04 at 09:45:34(10313)
Hi Nancy,

I'm probably going to end up repeating information already
provided by others, but here goes...

Inflorescence ( not to be confused with fluorescence ) is a
technical term for something us non-botanists would usually just
call a flower. In an aroid, it typically means the spathe and the
spadix including all the little tiny male and female flowers
attached to the spadix.

If one wants to get all technical-like, the largest
inflorescence probably belongs to the Talipot palm, Corypha
umbraculifera - but it doesn't look like just one flower to us non
technical people - it looks like a cluster of flowers - a 30 foot
tall cluster of flowers. There are also some agave and bromeliad
species which produce pretty large inflorescences.

The largest single flower is likely Rafflesia arnoldii, a
parasitic plant that grows in southeast asia. It gets about 3
feet wide. So far, nobody has been able to grow this one in
captivity successfully.

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From: Jonathan Ertelt jonathan.ertelt at vanderbilt.edu> on 2003.06.04 at 10:10:32(10314)
>I think inflorescence means that on the stalk there are many flowers- like
>the a. titanum has hundreds of tiny ones. maybe there is a big flower one to
>a stem, somewhere.
>just guessing
>Valerie

Without doing any research into the validity of the calim, I believe that
the largest single flower on a stem actually belong to the parasitic genus
Rafflesia; Rafflesia arnoldii is the species I believe. At somewhere
approaching three feet across, it doesn't match the size of Amorphophallus,
but it is an individual flower. Largest aroid will be tough, since all
aroids (I believe) have the spadix type infloresence with lots of little
flowers.

Jonathan

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2003.06.04 at 10:33:50(10315)
The flower of A. titanum is but 1 cm in diam. Go figure that!!!!!!!

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From: Susan snalice at dslextreme.com> on 2003.06.04 at 11:41:09(10316)
Nancy,

The largest true flower (one flower, one bloom) is (unless there is another one
that someone knows about that hasn't been mentioned yet) is Rafflesia Kerri
Meijer: http://www.geocities.com/pantoorat/Buaphut.html This flower is truely
just one flower. I can't get down to the nitty gritty of flower parts showing
the reason it is just one flower, but it is. The largest 'inflorescence' (MANY
flowers all on one stalk) is Amorphophallus titanum. I think this can be
considered the world largest 'bloom', but not 'flower'. Would that be correct?

Susan

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From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2003.06.04 at 11:59:00(10317)
> If one wants to get all technical-like, the
> largest
> inflorescence probably belongs to the Talipot palm,
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From: "Neil Carroll" ncarz at charter.net> on 2003.06.04 at 15:01:30(10319)
>
> which means the individual flowers are clustered together on one
> stalk...Amorph. titanum has the largest inflorescence in the world;
> Rafflesia has the largest individual flower in the world...
> Petra
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From: MossyTrail at cs.com on 2003.06.04 at 20:25:05(10322)
"Petra Schmidt" wrote:

>Hi there...Time to buy a good book on botanical terms and my favorite is: ?A
>Dictionary of Botany by R. John Little and C. Eugene Jones - they define
>inflorescence as:

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at worldonline.nl> on 2003.06.05 at 06:01:57(10325)
> >Hi there...Time to buy a good book on botanical terms and my
> favorite is: ?A
> >Dictionary of Botany by R. John Little and C. Eugene Jones -
> they define
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From: MossyTrail at cs.com on 2003.06.05 at 19:50:42(10329)
"Wilbert Hetterscheid" wrote:

>> It can get confusing with asters; that is, is each head an
>> inflorescence, or is the whole cluster of heads the inflorescence?
>

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