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Re: [aroid-l] Typhonium giganteum

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Typhonium giganteum
  • From: James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
  • Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 10:45:41 -0600

Anyone have any information or know some links to info on Typhonium
giganteum? I have a tuber with one rather nice leaf growing and do
not know the first thing about the plant. The tuber is about as big
as my thumb and about 6 cm in length.
Rand Nicholson

Dear Rand;
I've grown this in Kansas City for about 10 years. It usually has only a couple of leaves per tuber, The largest leaf gets to maybe 15-18 inches and doesn't emerge until very late in the year. I always think it may have died because there's no sign of foliage until at least July or August or later.
It blooms prior to foliage and the fruit looks like a large pale raspberry.
Largest tubers here about thumb size, but many small tubers roll around the main plant and form a small colony. Not showy, but curious and certainly worth growing for any aroider in a cold climate. Tony Avent sells/sold it through Plant Delights and you'll see it occasionally elsewhere.

Enjoy Jim Waddick
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph. 816-746-1949
E-fax 419-781-8594

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