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  recent Amorphophallus blooms
From: "C. J. Addington" <cjaddington at comcast.net> on 2007.06.19 at 02:10:55(15799)
Hello aroiders!
I hope everyone had a great Father's Day weekend and a good new week.

I know many of the more common Amorphophallus blooms are old hat for
many people here, but I am still quite entranced when a plant I have been
caring for chooses to pop up a bloom ( or two! ). This month I have had a
very nice, and very large, A. bulbifer bloom in the greenhouse. It was truly
pretty ( for a corpse flower! ) and the odor was brief and short lived.
Right now I have some A. verticillatus in bloom - 4 blooms all at once, and
two emerging from the same single large corm. I have not seen that before,
and it's very neat to see. All four blooms are from the same genetic clone,
so I do not know if they are able to pollinate one another well, but I'll
keep an eye on it and see. I was especially impressed by just how phototaxic
the A. verticillatus blooms are - they leaned dramatically toward the
brightest corner of the greenhouse.

If anyone would like to see pictures of my bloom, I have uploaded them
to my Flickr page, which can be reached by clicking this link:


Have a great week everyone!
C.J. Addington

From: Susan B <honeybunny442 at yahoo.com> on 2007.06.21 at 16:12:35(15804)
Great photos, CJ. Bulbifer is one of my favorites, too.There is a group photo of konjacs with an odd looking plant to the right of it- perhaps a vine? What is that?thanks!Susan

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From: "C. J. Addington" <cjaddington at comcast.net> on 2007.06.22 at 18:02:48(15817)
Title: Re: [Aroid-l] recent Amorphophallus blooms

Hi Susan!
Actually that vine is just a Morning Glory gone to seed – nothing too exotic there!

At my school, A. bulbifer is one of the faculty’s favorite corpse flowers – they tend to like its standard “prettiness” and lack of vile odor. I like it too, but I do appreciate the stinky ones!


From: "Harry Witmore" <harrywitmore at witmore.net> on 2007.06.22 at 20:50:40(15819)
Title: Re: [Aroid-l] recent Amorphophallus blooms

Every A bulbifer I have smells like Propane Gas when it
first opens. We have often walked out of the house this time of year and thought
we had a gas leak only to find a flower open.


From: "Julius Boos" <ju-bo at msn.com> on 2007.06.22 at 22:38:23(15823)
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Sent : Friday, June 22, 2007 6:02 PM
To : Discussion of aroids
Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] recent Amorphophallus blooms

Dear C. J. and Amrphofriends,

This makes me bring up a point we discussed some years ago (5? 6? ??), I
had said that I THOUGHT there was both a 'good smelling' and a 'bad
smelling' A. bulbifer! C. J. seems to be saying that his A. bulbifer does
NOT smell bad ("lack of vile odor"), while Harry Witmore says all his
'smell of propane gas'!
When I brought up my original observation, it was based on a plant of what I
was TOLD was the 'good smelling' A. bulbifer at Mounts Bot. Garden here in
WPB, Florida (from memory it looked like C. J.`s photo of his bloom)---it
too was in bloom, and had what I remember as a pleasant smell, certainly NOT
rotten meat or poop! Everyone back then in the discussion said 'no way',
ALL A. bulbifer smell TERRIBLE! Maybe C. J. could give us some
clarification on what his bloom smells like, and the experts could then once
more chime in????

The Best,


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