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  Amorphophallus titanum goes Hollywood
From: Steve Marak samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2006.02.10 at 19:13:21(13852)
I'm impressed by how little television the members of Aroid-L watch ... no one
has mentioned the mention of Amorphophallus titanum on CBS's "Crime Scene
Investigation" last night.

My attention was drawn from my computer by the words "amorphophallus titanum"
(though not pronounced the way I normally hear it said) to see a shot of a
plant tag for, indeed, "Amorphophallus titanum". Since it was germane to the
plot, they even remarked on a common name of "rotting corpse flower".

There was nothing in sight that looked remotely like a real A. titanum, of
course, or any amorphophallus, but hey, it's a mention of an aroid on the
number one show on prime time television here in the US - can "The Great Aroid
Movie" be far behind?

Steve

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From: "Alan Galloway" alan_galloway at bellsouth.net> on 2006.02.10 at 19:26:02(13853)
Steve,

I also caught the mention of Am. titanum on the show last night.
In fact, a couple of my co-workers today asked if I saw CSI last
night. I guess Amorphs can now be considered 'mainstream'!

Alan

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From: "Hal or Nancy Robinson" robyn82 at bellsouth.net> on 2006.02.10 at 19:37:47(13854)
But the writers said the Amorphophallus was a genetic mutant. Lots of noise
at my house over that remark.
Nancy Tennessee

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From: ronmchatton at aol.com on 2006.02.10 at 20:31:18(13855)
On the contrary. If you were looking closely, there were two structures that looked remarkably like unopened Amorphophallus hewittii flowers. They weren't on the screen for very long but clearly there.

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From: hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2006.02.11 at 00:25:50(13861)
At 07:13 PM 2/10/2006, Steve Marak wrote:

I'm impressed by how little television the members of Aroid-L watch
... no one
has mentioned the mention of Amorphophallus titanum on CBS's "Crime Scene
Investigation" last night.

I HEARD IT!

My attention was drawn from my computer by the words "amorphophallus
titanum"
(though not pronounced the way I normally hear it said) to see a shot of a
plant tag for, indeed, "Amorphophallus titanum". Since it was germane to the
plot, they even remarked on a common name of "rotting corpse flower".

But yes, nothing resembing an Amorphophallus titanum, mispronounced~

There was nothing in sight that looked remotely like a real A. titanum, of
course, or any amorphophallus, but hey, it's a mention of an aroid on the
number one show on prime time television here in the US - can "The
Great Aroid
Movie" be far behind?

I thought it was influenced PERHAPS the THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS!

This is not the first forensic horror this program has featured!

hermine

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From: hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2006.02.11 at 00:27:17(13862)
At 07:37 PM 2/10/2006, Hal or Nancy Robinson wrote:

But the writers said the Amorphophallus was a genetic mutant. Lots of noise
at my house over that remark.
Nancy Tennessee

I now recall that they also showed WITH GREAT DISTASTE, a selection
of Bromeliads, which looked like Neoregelias, and remarked that they
were the result of derantged "experiments"!

hermine

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From: "snowsexotics" snowsexotics at cox.net> on 2006.02.11 at 06:29:14(13864)
I was going to post...sometimes my posts don't get posted. I posted it on
GW.
My boyfriend saw it but the plant he described wasn't a titanum. I was
excited that they even made mention of it though.
SNOW'S EXOTICS
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From: Susan B honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2006.02.11 at 07:28:54(13866)
Steve Marak wrote: I'm impressed by how little television the members of Aroid-L watch ... You have never been to my house, have you Steve? HA.
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From: "Leo A. Martin" leo at possi.org> on 2006.02.11 at 10:39:54(13868)
On Fri, 10 Feb 2006 Steve Marak wrote

> I'm impressed by how little television the members of Aroid-L watch

What is "television?"

Does it have a spathe? A spadix? Is it winter-hardy?

Leo Martin

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From: Baumfarn Webmaster webmaster at baumfarn.at> on 2006.02.11 at 16:23:23(13871)
Can someone please be so kind and post the title and which CSI (CSI: New
York; CSI: Miami) serial it was?
I'm sure that it's not syncronized yet and that I have a good chance to
see it in the future.

thanks
Peter

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From: Steve Marak samarak at gizmoworks.com> on 2006.02.12 at 11:20:08(13873)
Peter,

That's the original CSI, no suffix, and according the CBS web site, the title
of that episode was "Pirates of the Third Reich".

On that same website, at:

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/csi/episodes/615/index.shtml

there is a - surprisingly detailed - plot synopsis, which also mentions
Amorphophallus titanum by name.

This episode definitely had one of those little "mature content, viewer
discretion advised" warnings at the beginning, and I should probably warn all
that the suggestion that one might want to grow plants like the "rotting corpse
flower" if one was in fact trying to provide an excuse for the aroma of
decomposition was one of the least disturbing plot points .....

Steve

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From: "snowsexotics" snowsexotics at cox.net> on 2006.02.12 at 15:24:55(13875)
Hi Peter,

It was Las Vegas.
SNOW'S EXOTICS

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From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2006.02.13 at 14:43:48(13877)
hmm... who can take hollywood seriously when they
exhibit a serious lack of knowledge about science? i
recall a L&O: SVU episode in which the criminal, an
orchid grower, is undone by the "pollen" of some rare
orchid, which is found in the crime scene and tracked
back to his greenhouse.

everybody knows orchids don't have pollen, but pollinia.

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From: "snowsexotics" snowsexotics at cox.net> on 2006.02.16 at 09:11:48(13879)
Actually, I didn't know it was called pollinia.
I don't know much about Orchids...I do grow them though.

SNOW'S EXOTICS

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