[USDA zone 11a – 13b ?]
Plants may represent an undescribed species.
This species is native to China (Guangdong, Hainana Is.), Laos, Thailand, and probably Vietnam. Plants sprout from a subterranean tuber. Plants of this strain grows 2” – 4” tall. Each tuber produces several leaves with thin petioles. The leaf blades are oblong 2” – 3½” long and 1½” – 2 ½” wide. The leaves are green with a slight silvery sheen. The inflorescence is produced from between the leaves. Each tuber can sequentially produce 1 - 2 flowers per season. 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 1” – 1 ¾” long. It can be straight or with a 45 degree bend. The spadix is cream to light green-yellow. The spathe that surrounds the spadix is equally long but folds back when the bud opens. The outside of the spathe is light green with the base cream to cream-green. In brighter light the basemay be sparsly spotted purple. The inside is light green. The flowers attract flies and carrion beetles for pollination. Flowers are lightly scented to unscented.
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