[USDA zone 5a - 11]
These cultivars originated as a purposeful outcrossing of ‘Strain #1’ and ‘Strain #2’. It was just an experiment into pollination of Amorphophallus. I expected nothing special as both strains are very similar in all morphological characteristics, petiole coloration, and flower form and coloration. 'Strain #1' and 'Strain #2' are typical forms with petioles with a dirty cream to cream-pink base color that are variously covered in large dark olive-green blotches.
Out of about 70 seedlings I selected about 25 for vigor. Of those, 2 have proven (so far) to be VERY distinct in their petiole coloration from both parents. Both of these have a base color of light tan to mustard-brown. In turn they are covered in small white spots and also even smaller black speckles. These are completely different from the color of the two typical parental strains. Both have a resemblance to Alan Galloway’s ‘Beige Stem’ (AGA 1940-04) but these originated from an independent seed strain. I hope to flower both and to be able to offer offsets of both of these cultivars soon.
The only other Amorphophallus in flower at this time was Amorphophallus fuscus 'Strain #1' which was about 25 - 30 feet away. It is possible that there was accidental cross breeding between the konjak 'Strain #2' and the Am. fuscus, but I think it is unlikely. But it only takes one fly or carrion beetle with a few pollen grains to make naughty things happen.
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