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Titan Watch 4/30/2001


Monday 4/30/2001. The Amorphophallus titanium inflorescence is 32.5 inches
today. The bract is still clinging around the inflorescence but more and
more of the beautiful folded spathe is showing by the hour. Still haven't
gotten the display set up around it like I want, but it is on view in the
area behind the epiphyte room. Our Marketing department will be swinging
into action this week to get an audience for "Mr. Stinky", our botanical
star.

The spadix toppled on the A. gigas over the weekend, but a second much
smaller one is going to bloom. It might be at about the time of the Titan.

Anchomanes hookeri has a number of open inflorescence and new leaves, just
watch out for the wicked spines.

I have 2 different collections of A. bulbifer about to open. It might not be
the rarest species, but the pink inflorescence is really beautiful.

The prolific Pseudodracontiums are all popping up with blooms and flowers
both.

As Julius mentioned, the Dracontiums are beginning to emerge. So far just
foliage at the top of the beautifully patterned petioles.

Speaking of petioles, the Aroid sp. that Bogner identified as Xanthosoma sp.
sect. Acontias is up. The reticulated petiole looks like a beautiful snake
skin. Also the Amorphophallus eichleri has a really beautiful pattern of
beige/pink/green mottling on the petiole that flows beautifully up the main
veins of the lobed leaf.

Stay tuned for more of the greatest natural show on earth.

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





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