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Re: AMORPHOPHALLUS @ Fairchild Tropical Garden

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: AMORPHOPHALLUS @ Fairchild Tropical Garden
  • From: "Bonaventure W Magrys" <magrysbo@shu.edu>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 18:35:26 -0500 (CDT)

Dear Craig,
Anthurium, Spathiphyllum, Caladium, and Calla, are among aroid genera which
horticulturally benefited greatly from a program of hybridization and breeding.
Now that you have several species of Amorphophallus and relatives blooming or
ready to, together, howbout saving pollen from one and putting it on others
receptive, to produce hybrids?
The benefits, at least, may turn out to be hybrid vigor and decreased
time. Many unexpected surprises turn up also.
There would probably be a ready market for such seed or seedlings as many of us
would be eager to grow up some of these..........

Bonaventure W. Magrys
Elizabeth, NJ  zone 6

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>AMORPHOPHALLUS @ Fairchild Tropical Garden

The growing season has started along the bay in Miami. I?ve been out of town
for several weeks and during that time the amorphophallus collection began
to break dormancy. I made a list of the species that are blooming, are about
to bloom, and or just finished.

FG 941491    Amorphophallus gigas   "inflorescence now 76" tall, spadix
showing but not mature" (ID84)
SOURCE: Don Evans: when the Wilbert Hetterscheid & Dr James Symon expedition
brought back seeds of the A, titanium, these seeds were included. 9/13/93
BLOOM PERIOD: 5/99; 6/99; 4/24/2000
HORTICULTURE: All reports given to me say it is hard to keep alive.
* It will be at tonight's IAS meeting (4/24/2000)

Amorphophallus haematospadix    (syn.: A. siamensis)   FG 961039 -
inflorescence now 13", spadix just beginning to show (ID2149)
SOURCE: Mike McLaughlin, Allen Howard, Jack Fisher: Malaysia: State of
Perlis: Gua Kelam Recreation Area: Mata Ayer Forest Preserve. 3 May 1996.
BLOOM PERIOD: 4/99; 4/2000
DESCRIPTION:  striking slender inflorescence, slender leathery leaves are
unmistakable. In 1999 the first inflorescence was produced. It lasted longer
than most species, more than a week. Over all it is 30" tall, taller than
any Mike saw in the rainforest. The stem is 18" the actual inflorescence
12". The spadix is 1.25" thick, 10" long smooth and colored a deep
burgundy/purple. The spathe is white aging to lavender, darker towards the
base. The bloom stalk like the leaf has no mottling. It has a fragrance much
like rotting fruit, not of carrion as is common on many other species.

FG 961019    Amorphophallus sp.   "inflorescence still wrapped in sheath"
SOURCE: Dr. L. G. Saw; Collected Malaysia: state of Perlis: Guar Jentik:
Kaki Bukit.  Malaysia Expedition 1996 (Jack Fisher, Allen Howard, Mike
McLaughlin) 5/4/96.
BLOOM PERIOD: 4/21/98; 5/13/98; 4/24/2000;
DESCRIPTION:  When it bloomed in 4/98, it looked very much like (ID2314)
Looks similar to the A. prainii listed in Aroidiana Vol. 19, p. 112.

FG 961022     Amorphophallus sp. ?11inch inflorescence still tightly wrapped
in sheath? (ID2314)
SOURCE: Dr. L.G. Saw   Malaysia: State of Perlis: Gua Kelam Recreational
Area: Mata Ayer Forest Preserve. Malayasia Expedition 1006 (Jack Fisher,
Allen Howard, Mike McLaughlin) 16. 5/3/96.
BLOOM PERIOD: 4/18/98; 4/24/2000
DESCRIPTION: (Looks similar to the A, prainii listed in Aroidiana Vol. 19,
p. 112.) Looks much like (ID2313) 961019 but with out the recurved spathe
edge.  The tuber is a very symmetrical pumpkin shape. The depression at the
top is very deep.

FG 80198   Sauromatum guttatum     "several bloomed while I was away another
looks ready in 3-5 days" (ID1961)
COMMON NAME: Voodoo Lily, Monarch of the East
SOURCE: Dr. Jim French, from horticulture    BLOOM PERIOD: 5/98; 6/98;
DESCRIPTION:  Inflorescence  last only 1 or 2 days, smells like urine

(ID2741)    Amorphophallus sp.    ?in full bloom, inflorescence about 10-12?
SOURCE: Donated by Dewey Fisk: SLY 515 collected by Si-Lin Yang. Catba
Islands,  Vietnam, collected on Oct. 20, 1994
BLOOM PERIOD: 4/24/2000
DESCRIPTION:  Inflorescence is a small A. peonifolius

FG 961266  Amorphophallus sp. ?just about finished blooming. Inflorescence
is 32? tall? (ID2312)
SOURCE: Dr. Si-Lin Yang wild collected in Thailand, Chaing Mai.
DESCRIPTION: Looks like A. yunnanensis, Aroidiana Vol. 19, 1996 pp. 127-8

FG 97630     Amorphophallus variabilis      ?inflorescence is 19? tall,
spadix beginning to show?   (ID2352)
SOURCE: Reggie Whitehead and Tom Moore collected in Java' Cibadak, 6/97
BLOOM PERIOD: 5/19/98; 4/24/2000
DESCRIPTION:  not a large species

FG 961201    Amorphophallus lambii Araceae   ? several plants have bloomed
this spring, they are all finished blooming. The inflorescence averaged 12?
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Fisher: wild collected Malaysia: Sabah: Gua Gomantung.
Slope, deep forest shade. Inflorescence 35 cm. tall. Malaysia Expedition
1996 ( Jack Fisher, Allen Howard, Mike McLaughlin)     BLOOM PERIOD: E
4/22/98; B 3/30/99; C 4/14/99; 8/99; 4/2000
HORTICULTURE:  The Aroidiana Vol. 19 mentions that this is a species that
does not thrive in cultivation. The article mentions that they seen to
decline for some unknown reason.
  DESCRIPTION:  Amorphophallus lambii is one that gets large. The
inflorescence has a distinct smell of urine. I noticed when B bloomed in
3/99, the odor was slight in the day but started getting much stronger about
5 PM.

Craig M. Allen
Conservatory Manager
Fairchild Tropical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, Florida 33156-4296
Tel. 305-667-1651 ext. 3320
Fax 305-661-8953
e-mail conserv@netrox.net
web: www.ftg.org

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