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  Amorphophallus sp. nova 'silver leaves'
From: Bryan Lampl <blampl1 at earthlink.net> on 2004.11.11 at 13:17:31(12378)
My curiosity has gotten the best of me and I am fortunate to acquire a
tuber. In a previous posting, someone mentioned the sp. silver leaves could
be a Pseudodracontium. I am wondering why that is so. A picture of the
plant is posted now on the Out of Africa website. Other then the bloom, is
there any way to distinguish between the two? I have no experience growing
Pseudodrcontium so my knowledge is limited to what is available online.
Thanks for the imput.

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2004.11.13 at 10:07:01(12379)
Bryan,

I myself acquired this "silver leaf" more than a year ago from the same
source as Out-of-Africa and although the plant hasn't yet flowered, the leaf
architecture points to Pseudodracontium. Pseudodracontium is actually a
"section" within Amorphophallus (the formal taxonomic decision has to be
published first though). Distinguishing Pseudodracontiums in leaf from
Amorphs proper is not easy to explain in words. Mostly Pseudodracontiums
have thicker leaves, a wider venation and only few leaflets per leaf.

Growing Pseudo's is no problem at all. Treat them like all Thai Amorphs.
Keep fully dry during dormancy and they may be taken out of the soil then.

The photo of the plants on the website of OoA shows the "silver leaf" on the
right hand. The left hand plant is a true Amorph.

Cheeerio,
Wilbert

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