Amorphophallus ‘Kiat Tan’
From the breeding program of Cyrille Claudel in Germany
Amorphophallus albus x Amorphophallus konjac 'Nightstick'
The plant was bred on purpose by crossing Amorphophallus albus (female) with Amorphophallus konjac 'Nightstick'(male). It has been selected for its outstanding beauty and growing properties. It is named by Mr. John Tan from Singapore in the honor of Dr. Tan Wee Kiat, the Director of Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, for his invaluable efforts and contributions in botany and horticulture amongst others.
Being a hybrid between two distinct species it merges several characteristics in an unique combination. This plants exhibits a well-balanced leaf with an uniformely colored petiole. The petiole is green when thriving, slightly darkening at the base when maturing. The peduncle is also uniformely colored, though more reddish. It is comparable in the overall dimensions to Amorphophallus 'Meister Eckardt' but the spathe color is very different, a very strong contrast between bright green and deep purple. The tubers formed are nearly round, the overall diameter seldom exceeds 15 cm, the weight seldom exceeds 1200 gram. This cultivar forms many offsets up to 40 per growing season. Most of them are rhizomatous like in A. albus, a few ones small and round like in A. konjac.