Plants are 1 year, ½” tubers, in a 4" pots, ready for planting. With proper culture expect plants to flower in 1 - 2 years. Plants of this strain are growing well in Rochester and Syracuse NY as well as Erie PA. The last photographs shows similar sized tubers offered here.
This strain is much smaller than 'Indian Giant' and other strains currently available.
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This species is native to a large swath of central Africa (Gulf of Guinea Islands, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia), skips to Yemen and Saudi Arabia, then skips to Pakistan, India (India (Assam, Eastern Himalia, Western Himalia, Assam), Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, northern Myanmar, Tibet and south central China. This species as with most Amorphophallus and Arisaema species are seasonally dormant. Plants sprout from a subterranean corm or tuber in the same fashion as the spring Crocus. Plants of this strain grow 10” – 20”. Each tuber produces a single stem that terminates in the inflorescence, which is followed by 2 – 5 leaves 2 – 3 weeks later. Each leaf consists of a large half umbel of smaller leaflets. The leaf stem of this strain is green heavily spotted with darker green. The plant alone is very ornamental. The inflorescence is produced from the naked tuber before the leaves are produced. In fact the tubers don’t have to be planted for it to flower. The inflorescence is single flowered and the flower opens long before the leaves are produced. The “flower” is actually a modified inflorescence that consists of the spathe (outer ornamental part) and the spadix (internal sexual bits). The spadix is 8” – 12” tall. The spathe that surrounds the spadix is equally long but coils under when the flower opens. The outside of the spathe is dark green veined darker green and purple. The inside is lighter green HEAVILY spotted maroon-purple. Flowers last only a single day. The flowers attract flies for pollination. Though the “fragrance” is said to be of rotten meat or roadkill… this plant has an odd chemical scent… manure-like. Not offensive but not perfume either.
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