[USDA zone 11 - 13]
These plants are flowering size in 4" round pots. Plants should flower in season season. Each pot contains 4 - 5 flowering sze and near flowering size tubers and their offsets. Please see the last photograph for represetative sized plants.
This species is native to Sri Lanka, central and eastern India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, south western China, Malaysia, The Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, and Queensland Australia. Plants sprout from a subterranean tuber. Plants of this strain grows 10” – 12” tall. Each tuber produces several leaves with thin elongated 2” – 3” petioles. The leaf blades are linear-hastate (very narrowly arrow-shaped) 8” - 10” long. Leaves are ½” – 1½” wide at their widest. The basal lobes are ¼” – 1 ½” long. The inflorescence is produced from between the leaves. Each tuber can sequentially produce 1 - 3 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 4” – 8” tall. The entire spadix is yellow to yellow-green. The base is rugulose (corrugated). The spathe that surrounds the spadix is equally long but folds back and coils when the bud opens. The outside of the spathe is bright green with lighter green longitudinal stripes. The apex is flushed with purple and edge darker purple. The inside is green lightly flushed purple. The flowers attract flies and carrion beetles for pollination. Flowers are scented of morning coffee breath with a spot of Naphthalene. Not foetid but definitely not a fragrance.
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