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Re: Amorphophallus query

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Amorphophallus query
  • From: "Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@worldonline.nl>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2000 17:20:02 -0600 (CST)


If the Sauromatoid "amorphs" indeed have a leaf as you describe, they cannot
be amorphs. As a general rule, each branch of an amorph-leaf carries 2 or
more individual leaflets, and they are found to be attached at both lateral
sides of each branch. In Sauromatum (does that genus still exist???) and
Arisaema you'll find that all leaflets point to one side and are attached to
one side. This is more difficult to see on a more radiate (wheel-like) leaf,
but again, you'll not find any subdivisions of the leaf-branches (if you can
detect them...) there either, as you will in most amorphs.

Better thgan try to unravel all that mumbo-jumbo I just wrote is to send me
an email with a few scans to: hetter@worldonline.nl).


----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Tyerman <tyerman@dynamite.com.au>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
Sent: zaterdag 16 december 2000 16:39
Subject: Amorphophallus query

> Howdy All,
> A quick query for those knowledgeable types out there......
> I purchased a few different Amorphophallus last year.  Two of these were
> abyssinicus (as far as we know) and had an interesting three-part leaf,
> which as far as I know is standard for Amorphs.
> I also puchased a couple of other Amorphs.... one A. konjac and another
> unknown species (not yet ID'd).  Both of the latter do not have the same
> three part leaves, but bear an uncanny resemblance to plants that I have
> got from a couple of different sources as Sauromatum guttatum/venosum.  Do
> Amorphophallus konjac and Sauromatum guttatum/venosum bear any
>  The leaves are more like the shape of Arisaema leaves, with lobes
> radiating out from a central lobe (sort of mirrored on either side),
> than the triple branched leaf of the Amorph abyssinicus.
> I can take pics of these plants and email them to people if any are
> interested.  I think there's been a mistake and I have somehow got more
> Sauromatum, but I am not knowledgeable enough to be certain.
> Can anyone help?  I realise my descriptions are not the best above, but I
> hope they are clear enough to put across the point I am trying to make.
> Thanks in anticipation....
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8
> mailto:tyerman@dynamite.com.au

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