From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2006.05.20 at 12:00:38(14238)
Reply-To : Discussion of aroids
Sent : Friday, May 19, 2006 9:02 PM
Subject : [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus Gonatopus Boivinii
First off, it is not a species of Amorphophallus, but it belongs to a
seperate genus of around 5 or so species that originate in S. E. Africa.
In Florida, G. boivinii is considered by most growers to be an invasive
pest, as it seems to spread everywhere in and around the greenhouses or
growing benches. Like Zamioculcas, to which it is related, it grows easily
from fallen or dropped leaflets. In Florida I have seen two 'forms' of
this plant, both SAID to be G. boivinii, one has mottled petioles, and so
has been called the 'giraffe knee' plant (because of the obvious geniculum
or 'knee' half way up the petioles), but the other is all-green in color and
can grow to about twice the size of the former. I don`t know if the two
have ever been carefully compared to each other to know for certain if thay
are the same species.
It can be left growing all year, or dried off slowly and stored in its pot
over the cool/dormant season.
In Florida it is almost impossible to kill this very hardy plant.
I hope this informatuion is of help.