Friday, June 27, 2008

Amorphophallus Update, June 27

The Titan Arum put on another 3.5 inches, and now stands at 46.5 inches (118 cm) tall.

The smaller, darker bud emerging from the pot just to the left of the pot with the flowering shoot is another A. titanum. It's an immature plant, about eight years old from seed, with a tuber about the size of a cantaloupe. It's nowhere near flowering size, and that bud will undoubtedly expand into a leaf, over the course of the next couple of weeks. The two big plants at UConn are from wild collected seed started in 1994, and first blooming in 2004; the little guy is from seed produced in cultivation at UCSB, on a plant that was a sibling of our mature plants, which began its life here at UConn before heading for the Sunshine State.

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