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Re: [Aroid-l] Rafflesia flower size

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Rafflesia flower size
  • From: <abri1973@wp.pl>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 01:24:02 +0100

I think the largest inflorescence belongs to Agave americana (up to 12 m)


----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Marak" <samarak@gizmoworks.com>
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Rafflesia flower size

"Largest flower" is a question that seems to interest even people without our
addiction. I've read the following several places:

largest single flower - Rafflesia arnoldii
largest unbranched inflorescence - Amorphophallus titantum
largest branched inflorescence - Corypha umbraculifera (talipot palm)

although I've also seen Puya raimondii, one of those incredible Andean
bromeliads, as a contender in the last category. The inflorescence is in the same size range (6-10 meters), but the palm seems to win on flower count by
a couple of orders of magnitude (and probably on total weight, too).

Of course, seeing it several places may just mean most of the writers copied it
from the same original source.


-- Steve Marak
-- samarak@gizmoworks.com
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