From: eduardo gomes goncalves <eggon at guarany.cpd.unb.br> on 1997.09.09 at 20:56:44(1200)|
Dear Julius, Mark and others,
The criteria used to define the largest leaf is that all of the
Amorphophallus heigth can be credited to its leaf (including petiole).
Palms can be very tall (even taller than any Amorphophallus) but it has a
lot of leaves and most part of the heigth is because of the stem. In
Amorphophallus, the leaf itself behaves like it was a whole tree. Aroids
are weird plants...
> >mind that eventually they produce the largest leaf of ANY plant, yes, even
> >larger than the largest palm!!! Thirty feet tall, just as wide!! (Doubters,
> >please see pg.72 of "Aroideana,Vol 17, 1994)
> Hey, keep your eyes open for the info on that palm. I will keep mine open for
> where I read that the larger species of Amorphophallus produced the largest
> leaf of any plant, including palms. I don`t know what criteria were used in
> judging this "contest", but it seems to me to fall into the stupid ones like
> "what is the most venomous snake?" ALL the major ones will do the job on you,