Mr. Scott E. Hyndman
Vero Beach, Florida, USA
USDA Hardiness Zone 10a
> From: "Bonaventure W Magrys"
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> Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 18:35:16 -0500 (CDT)
> To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L
> Subject: Re: AMORPHOPHALLUS @ Fairchild Tropical Garden
> Dear Craig,
> Anthurium, Spathiphyllum, Caladium, and Calla, are among aroid genera which
> horticulturally benefited greatly from a program of hybridization and
> Now that you have several species of Amorphophallus and relatives blooming or
> ready to, together, howbout saving pollen from one and putting it on others
> receptive, to produce hybrids?
> The benefits, at least, may turn out to be hybrid vigor and decreased
> time. Many unexpected surprises turn up also.
> There would probably be a ready market for such seed or seedlings as many of
> would be eager to grow up some of these..........
> Bonaventure W. Magrys
> Elizabeth, NJ zone 6
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> AMORPHOPHALLUS @ Fairchild Tropical Garden
> The growing season has started along the bay in Miami. I?ve been out of town
> for several weeks and during that time the amorphophallus collection began
> to break dormancy. I made a list of the species that are blooming, are about
> to bloom, and or just finished.
> FG 941491 Amorphophallus gigas "inflorescence now 76" tall, spadix
> showing but not mature" (ID84)
> SOURCE: Don Evans: when the Wilbert Hetterscheid & Dr James Symon expedition
> brought back seeds of the A, titanium, these seeds were included. 9/13/93
> BLOOM PERIOD: 5/99; 6/99; 4/24/2000
> HORTICULTURE: All reports given to me say it is hard to keep alive.
> * It will be at tonight's IAS meeting (4/24/2000)
> Amorphophallus haematospadix (syn.: A. siamensis) FG 961039 -
> inflorescence now 13", spadix just beginning to show (ID2149)
> SOURCE: Mike McLaughlin, Allen Howard, Jack Fisher: Malaysia: State of
> Perlis: Gua Kelam Recreation Area: Mata Ayer Forest Preserve. 3 May 1996.
> BLOOM PERIOD: 4/99; 4/2000
> DESCRIPTION: striking slender inflorescence, slender leathery leaves are
> unmistakable. In 1999 the first inflorescence was produced. It lasted longer
> than most species, more than a week. Over all it is 30" tall, taller than
> any Mike saw in the rainforest. The stem is 18" the actual inflorescence
> 12". The spadix is 1.25" thick, 10" long smooth and colored a deep
> burgundy/purple. The spathe is white aging to lavender, darker towards the
> base. The bloom stalk like the leaf has no mottling. It has a fragrance much
> like rotting fruit, not of carrion as is common on many other species.
> FG 961019 Amorphophallus sp. "inflorescence still wrapped in sheath"
> SOURCE: Dr. L. G. Saw; Collected Malaysia: state of Perlis: Guar Jentik:
> Kaki Bukit. Malaysia Expedition 1996 (Jack Fisher, Allen Howard, Mike
> McLaughlin) 5/4/96.
> BLOOM PERIOD: 4/21/98; 5/13/98; 4/24/2000;
> DESCRIPTION: When it bloomed in 4/98, it looked very much like (ID2314)
> Looks similar to the A. prainii listed in Aroidiana Vol. 19, p. 112.
> FG 961022 Amorphophallus sp. ?11inch inflorescence still tightly wrapped
> in sheath? (ID2314)
> SOURCE: Dr. L.G. Saw Malaysia: State of Perlis: Gua Kelam Recreational
> Area: Mata Ayer Forest Preserve. Malayasia Expedition 1006 (Jack Fisher,
> Allen Howard, Mike McLaughlin) 16. 5/3/96.
> BLOOM PERIOD: 4/18/98; 4/24/2000
> DESCRIPTION: (Looks similar to the A, prainii listed in Aroidiana Vol. 19,
> p. 112.) Looks much like (ID2313) 961019 but with out the recurved spathe
> edge. The tuber is a very symmetrical pumpkin shape. The depression at the
> top is very deep.
> FG 80198 Sauromatum guttatum "several bloomed while I was away another
> looks ready in 3-5 days" (ID1961)
> COMMON NAME: Voodoo Lily, Monarch of the East
> SOURCE: Dr. Jim French, from horticulture BLOOM PERIOD: 5/98; 6/98;
> DESCRIPTION: Inflorescence last only 1 or 2 days, smells like urine
> (ID2741) Amorphophallus sp. ?in full bloom, inflorescence about 10-12?
> SOURCE: Donated by Dewey Fisk: SLY 515 collected by Si-Lin Yang. Catba
> Islands, Vietnam, collected on Oct. 20, 1994
> BLOOM PERIOD: 4/24/2000
> DESCRIPTION: Inflorescence is a small A. peonifolius
> FG 961266 Amorphophallus sp. ?just about finished blooming. Inflorescence
> is 32? tall? (ID2312)
> SOURCE: Dr. Si-Lin Yang wild collected in Thailand, Chaing Mai.
> DESCRIPTION: Looks like A. yunnanensis, Aroidiana Vol. 19, 1996 pp. 127-8
> FG 97630 Amorphophallus variabilis ?inflorescence is 19? tall,
> spadix beginning to show? (ID2352)
> SOURCE: Reggie Whitehead and Tom Moore collected in Java' Cibadak, 6/97
> BLOOM PERIOD: 5/19/98; 4/24/2000
> DESCRIPTION: not a large species
> FG 961201 Amorphophallus lambii Araceae ? several plants have bloomed
> this spring, they are all finished blooming. The inflorescence averaged 12?
> SOURCE: Dr. Jack Fisher: wild collected Malaysia: Sabah: Gua Gomantung.
> Slope, deep forest shade. Inflorescence 35 cm. tall. Malaysia Expedition
> 1996 ( Jack Fisher, Allen Howard, Mike McLaughlin) BLOOM PERIOD: E
> 4/22/98; B 3/30/99; C 4/14/99; 8/99; 4/2000
> HORTICULTURE: The Aroidiana Vol. 19 mentions that this is a species that
> does not thrive in cultivation. The article mentions that they seen to
> decline for some unknown reason.
> DESCRIPTION: Amorphophallus lambii is one that gets large. The
> inflorescence has a distinct smell of urine. I noticed when B bloomed in
> 3/99, the odor was slight in the day but started getting much stronger about
> 5 PM.
> Craig M. Allen
> Conservatory Manager
> Fairchild Tropical Garden
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