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  A. konjac's blooming
From: "Plantsman" plantsman at prodigy.net> on 2002.05.09 at 20:36:35(8743)
I just wanted to make a few comments after visiting a friend's
aroid and carnivorous plant gardens today. He'd called me yesterday
to tell me that his A. konjac's were open and I'd better get there
quick if I wanted to take pictures. I'd visited his gardens last
summer and his A. konjac's were the largest I've seen yet. One
massive bulb has probably divided itself and had three very large
leaves almost five feet tall and wide with stems almost as big as my
forearm. He's growing these in the ground here in Northeast
Tennessee, about three miles from the VA border (Zone 6a). This
plant has been reliably hardy with a mulch since it was set out
three years ago and has survived 8?F temps. He also manages to grow
a huge clump of Alocasia plumbeae (sp?) outdoors with a mulch and a
variety of Arisaemas.

From: "Erik Wiechers" h.wiechers at pl.hanze.nl> on 2002.05.10 at 15:09:39(8744)
Hello David,

great story. Are you going to share the pics you took ? I am very curious
now about the size of the flowers.


From: Paul Tyerman ptyerman at ozemail.com.au> on 2002.05.10 at 15:11:31(8745)
>flowering parts. Almost four hours later, I still catch myself
>thinking that I smell it. It must do something to your mind to
>cause olfactory hallucinations! Anyway, it was a most pleasant


I've often wondered about this myself. It seems that unpleasant smells
generated by rotting material (dead bodies, rotting vegetation etc) and
pongy flowers (as opposed to unpleasant cleaning chemicals etc) hang around
in your nose for a lot longer than pleasant smells that appear to be as
"strong". I have often wondered if the nature of "dead thing" smell is
actually generated by particles, and therefore when you smell them some of
these particles lodge in your nasal passages and continue to give you the
effect for a long time, whereas other smells do not contain as large a
particle and therefore do not linger in your nasal passages for as long?'

Does anyone know if this IS the case? Or is it just that we remember
unpleasant smells better than the pleasant ones .

It was interesting to see someone else note something I've observed and
wondered about myself. Nice to have confirmation that it wasn't just my
imagination (or if it was then you have the same type of imagination as


Paul Tyerman

From: "Mike Bordelon" Bordelon.Mike at NMNH.SI.EDU> on 2002.05.10 at 18:45:35(8747)
The Smithsonian Institution has an osteoprep lab. Dead animals are brought in and placed in a room full of Dermestid beetles. The building has air filters to remove some of the odor. When the filters break down, Turkey buzzards can be seen circling overhead. I do search the skies when my Amorphs are flowering.
I went in there a couple of times and the smells actually penetrates clothing. It stays in your clothing until they get washed. Odors are air born particles.

Mike Bordelon

From: Durightmm at aol.com on 2002.05.10 at 18:47:33(8748)
Much has been said about Amorph bulb sizes and weights etc. but little about the comparative size of the pedicle. As is known after the flower a single leaf emerges and while many are described there has been no data about corelations of leaf size to bulb size. In as much as A. titanum has a huge leaf all others while large are not always in proportion to the bulb size. What seems to be max size for A. Konjack for instance Any thoughts Joe

From: "Celeste Whitlow" politicalamazon at charter.net> on 2002.05.12 at 16:40:33(8758)
So I suppose this means a line A. konjac "scratch-n-sniff" products as a
fund-raiser for the IAS is out of the question? :-)


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