Amorphophallus konjak var. nanus [USDA zone 6a (?) - 10]

These plants are ½” – 1” corms in 4" plastic pots or bare root.  With proper culture I expect these will flower in 2 years.  These are small offshoots of this rarely seen plant.  Some consider it as a species Am. nanus. Until more study is done, I will continue to list it as a variety of Am. konjak rather than the species Am. nanus.

 

This species is native to Yunnan Province China. This species as with most Amorphophallus and Arisaema species are seasonally dormant. Plants of var. nanus grow 12” – 20”. Each tuber produces a single stem that terminates with a single “leaf”. Each leaf consists of an umbrella of smaller leaflets that is 10” - 15" across. The leaf stem is cream colored with oval shaped green to olive green spots. The plant alone is very ornamental. The inflorescence is produced from the naked tuber before the leaves are produced. The inflorescence is 10” – 14” tall. The inflorescence is single “flowered“. The “flower” is actually a modified inflorescence that consists of the spathe (outer ornamental part) and the spadix (internal sexual bits). The spadix is 4” – 7” tall. The spadix appendage (apical non-sexual bit) is dark purple-maroon to purple-black and tapers to a blunt point. The spathe that surrounds the spadix is 9” – 11” long, with the apex dropping. The outside of the spathe is off white spotted dark green and dark purple basally with the apex dark purple-red. The inside is cream-yellow with a dark maroon-purple apex. Flowers last only a few days. The flowers attract flies for pollination. The “fragrance” is heavily reminiscent of rotting meat or roadkill. The Infructescence that can form is also very decorative. In late August – early October it consists of a corn cob like structure of green berries that turn yellow then orange when ripe. It is important to wear gloves if you harvest the berries as they juice can stain and irritate mammalian skin.

Amorphophallus konjak var. nanus [USDA zone 6a (?) - 10]

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