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  Titanic Miracle in the Making
From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.05.08 at 07:44:01(14130)
Oh Ye Phallic Phreaques!!

In the botanical garden of Bonn (Germany) a tuber of Amorphophallus titanum
was raised last year that weighs 117 kilo (that's quite some stones, lbs and
whatnot). This largest of all titans ever is now producing THREE buds and
already TWO are certain inflorescences!!! This was never seen before. And
who knows, maybe the third bud is an inflorescence too.

Site of the garden: http://botgart.uni-bonn.de/index.html but in german. Yet
there is a link to a webcam.

Enjoy and all you lovers of climbing aroids: CONVERT while you still
can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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From: "Charles Gramling" chazmg1 at citlink.net> on 2006.05.08 at 18:57:17(14134)
How old would this tuber be?
There is also a page in English with the 2000 & 2003 flowerings.
Charles Gramling

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From: "Susan Cox" snalice at dslextreme.com> on 2006.05.08 at 20:00:48(14135)
Can someone (anyone) explain the dowel poked through the tip of the titanum
spadix which seems to be hung from the ceiling in the 1940 photo on the
attached page? It's the second photo from the left, top row. I would like
to understand the reason this was done. I can guess (and I love guessing),
but I'm usually wrong. Why was the dowel put there? Could it be my eyes?
Could it be something hung from the window instead? Would you do something
like this if you wanted to dry the spadix for botanical study? To keep it
in some kind of 'shape' rather than letting it melt at the plant's base?
That's not a guess, it's a question.....Oh, maybe it is to prevent the need
to clean up the spathe after collapse around the fertile seeds? I give up!
Why? Is there really a stick there?

Are they going to be showing the two inflorescenses?

http://botgart.uni-bonn.de/o_samm/galbluetstand.html

Susan Cox

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From: "Weaver, Bill" bill.weaver at hp.com> on 2006.05.08 at 21:01:01(14136)
Looks like it is supporting an otherwise collapsed spadix. (there are
creases in it that suggests it had flopped over)

Bill Weaver

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From: Marcin shagar at cyber-sport.com.pl> on 2006.05.08 at 23:52:30(14139)
Hi All

I remembe Wilbert wrote me once that two inflorescenses on the same tubers
means a mother tuber will split into two smaller tubers then. And he was
right :) My A.beccarrii did it.
So maybe in this case it is going to be the same.

With regards,
Marcin

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From: "StroWi at t-online.de" StroWi at t-online.de> on 2006.05.09 at 02:59:55(14140)
Dear Lord P.(ure-metric),

for continentals like us there is a nice little freeware programm called
convert and it says:

117 kg = 18.42432 stone
(yes, I know, it should give 18 stone and some lbs, ounces etc.
furtheremore I do not know, if the stones are imperial or from the new
world, but I bet there is a difference....;-)

some more...

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From: Regferns at aol.com on 2006.05.09 at 05:18:29(14141)
In a message dated 5/8/2006 8:33:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
hetter@xs4all.nl writes:
http://botgart.uni-bonn.de/index.html

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From: "StroWi at t-online.de" StroWi at t-online.de> on 2006.05.09 at 10:28:58(14144)
Another gues for Lord P(recise) and the Empireals in the list:

117 kg = 18 stone 5 lbs(avdp) 15 oz (avdp) and 23 grains

;-),
Bernhard.

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.05.09 at 10:55:17(14145)
I recall that discussion too. It was hilarious and the non-metric people
suffered a severe defeat....... :-) In the end stubbornness brings you
nowhere.........(this was a freebee for you Americans outthere....).

Lord P

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From: Susan B honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2006.05.09 at 11:36:12(14147)
Bernhard,
Do you have a link to the freeware? I have it on my
computer at work and I LOVE it, it is so easy to use,
and I use it all the time.
Unfortunately our email system here does not allow one
to send .exe files so I cannot get it on my home
computer.
Susan
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From: "Ron Weeks" rhweeks at attglobal.net> on 2006.05.09 at 12:24:37(14148)
117 kg =
8.017046605 slugs
90279.29636 scruples
10263.15789 shekels (Biblical Hebrew)
8602.941176 tetradrachma (Biblical Greek)
3889870.13 leptons (Biblical Roman)
.2579408468 kip
114737805 dyne
486233.7662 assarion (Biblical Roman)
18.42432 stones (Imperial)
20.63526774 stones (Rolling)

I tried converting Hetterscheids to a non-metric unit...all I got was a
single digit.

Ron Weeks

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From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2006.05.09 at 12:33:29(14149)
> > Dear Lord P.(ure-metric),
> > for continentals like us there is a nice little
> freeware
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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.05.09 at 13:37:00(14154)
Ron Weeks, Ron Weeks..............veeeeery faint remembrance of that name.

Imagine: FOUR Weeks in a month..........that's just too much.....

Lord P.

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.05.09 at 13:37:56(14155)
Not an island but close; a peninsula..........of Canada.....hihihi.

Lord P.

> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----

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From: Baumfarn Webmaster webmaster at baumfarn.at> on 2006.05.09 at 13:46:44(14157)
Yes, allthough a bit oversized!
:-D :-D

greetings

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From: Susan B honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2006.05.09 at 18:40:06(14162)
I figured how to email the "convert" program. If
anyone would like a copy email me off-list.
Susan

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From: "StroWi at t-online.de" StroWi at t-online.de> on 2006.05.09 at 23:17:57(14164)
Susan,

try this one:

http://joshmadison.net/software/convert/

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From: "StroWi at t-online.de" StroWi at t-online.de> on 2006.05.10 at 03:06:08(14165)
-----Original Message-----
> Date: Tue, ?9 May 2006 21:33:29 +0200
> Subject: RE: converted: Re: [Aroid-l] Titanic Miracle in the Making
> From: piaba
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From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2006.05.10 at 06:58:50(14166)
yeah, yeah, yeah, but nobody's answered the big
question: how many tons is a hetterscheid?????

:-)

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.05.10 at 10:41:20(14167)
Are you suicidal?????????

Lord Tonsofit

> -----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----

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From: "StroWi at t-online.de" StroWi at t-online.de> on 2006.05.10 at 13:02:36(14168)
> yeah, yeah, yeah, but nobody's answered the big
> question: how many tons is a hetterscheid?????
>
> :-)

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From: Don Martinson LLmen at wi.rr.com> on 2006.05.10 at 20:15:24(14169)
On 5/10/06 8:58 AM, "piaba" wrote:

> yeah, yeah, yeah, but nobody's answered the big
> question: how many tons is a hetterscheid?????
>
> :-)
>
The weight would be (Kg) x 0.0011023113 = weight in short tons

But one could argue that he has no weight at all, as he hovers as an Aroidal
Angel above us all, dispensing knowledge from on High.

Don Martinson

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.05.12 at 01:51:08(14172)
I am overwhelmed with warm feelings for this European support!!! Thanks
Bernhard.

Lord P(icogram)

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From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" hetter at xs4all.nl> on 2006.05.12 at 01:52:56(14173)
Now let me see: does this sound serious or is there a microbyte of sarcasm
in it..........? I DID once see a movie with a flying elephant in
it.........

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From: piaba piabinha at yahoo.com> on 2006.05.12 at 21:20:51(14176)
it is the funniest thing i have ever heard though,
lord p(aprika).

--- Wilbert Hetterscheid wrote:

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From: Susan B honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2006.05.13 at 11:56:13(14183)
With all the giggling on Aroid-L, I've forgotten to
check the titan- looks like 2 are opening- or
closing!
Susan

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