[USDA zone 12 – 13]
Plants are fully emerged (at this time 2021 - November), 2nd season seedlings with 2 and 3 leaves of Amorphophallus merrillii. With proper culture I would expect these to flower in 3-4 years. Plant photographs are of some of the plants offered here. The plants offered here have solid green petioles. These may develope white spots.
This species is native to the Philippines (Mindoro Island, Paynay Island, Batbatan Island and several small Philippine Islands northeast of Palawan Island in the Sulu Sea). This species as with most Amorphophallus and Arisaema species are seasonally dormant. Plants of this species grows 24” – 40” tall. Each tuber produces a single stem that terminates with a single “leaf” or inflorescence. Each leaf consists of a large umbrella of smaller leaflets that is 24” – 30” across. The stem is solid green, green with sparse white blotches, or green flushed red with black specks. The plant alone is very ornamental. The inflorescence is produced from the naked tuber before the leaves are produced. The inflorescence is 24” – 40” 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 12” – 15” tall. The spadix appendage (apical non-sexual part) is slightly expanded, smoky purple to purple-maroon, elongated, and tappers to a blunt point. The spathe that surrounds the spadix is 6” – 8” long. The spathe is cream-green to light yellow with red-maroon overlay inside. Some are nearly solid red-maroon. The exterior is a darker cream-green. Flowers last only a few days. The flowers attract flies for pollination.
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