Amorphophallus konjac ‘Pinto’

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The Originator

Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh NC

The Namer

Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery, Raleigh NC


A. konjac ‘Pinto’ arose as a spontaneous dwarf seedling at Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, NC, USA. in the 1990s. It was introduced to the public in 2003.

Name Derivation

The cultivar name denotes that the plant is compact like the Ford Pinto automobile introduced in the early 1970s.


Appeared in the Plant Delights Nursery catalog but only for a short period



Amorphophallus konjac 'Pinto' is an amazing dwarf that is stubby in nature. Even a 10-year old mature bulb never exceeds 2.5 cm (1") in diameter. 'Pinto' has little landscape value but is marketable as a novelty for collectors. It is slow to produce young corms and they are most often connected to the mother corm without elongated stolons but cormels can break off if manipulated. Winter storage of pot-grown plants can be problematic for some and reports of desiccation of the corm when overwintered exist unless the resting corm is not maintained in slightly damp medium all winter. Repotting and dividing is best done in the spring when shoot apical activity has just become evident at the apical point on the corm.


Dark green with mottled petiole typical of wild type A. konjac. Leaf only reaches 2-3 inches in height and about 1 1/2 inches across at maturity.

Flower and Fruit

There is no known report of this clone flowering and it has been in the possession of some growers for 20 years.

Unique Characteristics

diminutive size (see description)


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