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Re: Source of A. Titanum

Hallo all,

the story of Armorphophallus sounds indeed very interesting. Onyl a 
small rectification to the tissue culture of A. titanum at the 
"Palmengarten" in Frankfurt, Germany.

> (...)
> At one time in my life, I was the editor of the Newsletter of the 
> International Aroid Society and received a very interesting letter with
> photographs from a scientist at the Palmgarten in Frankfurt.  He reported
> success in tissue culture of A. titanum.  I believe that this was a few
> years before the seeds from Jim Simon.  I reported this in an issue of the
> Newsletter.

The tissue culture was successfully done at the Botanical Garden of 
Frankfurt University (Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universitšt). The 
received cormlets (until now some 50 +) were later passed on to 
various universities and the Palmengarten as well, where at least two 
of the (in the meantime) adult plants had flowered more than 5 times 
by now. 
At least in Germany a flowering A. titanum is not such an unusual 
event anymore, as there are being grown various adult plants at a 
couple of univeristies and research institutions. The last specimen 
came to flower just about a month ago in the Palmengarten, and most 
likely the next one will be at my home university (University of Mainz).


BjÝrn Malkmus

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