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Re: Number of A. titanums in existence.

Hi Don,

I'm sure he meant to say that perhaps 150 have flowered in cultivation
rather than what he erroneously said.  This is surely one of the more
common species offered every year on ebay at this point in time thanks
primarily to one seller who offers both huge tubers and large numbers of
seed (I believe it is Tindara or something like that).

Some day I'd like to see one bloom in person, but it would need to be a
pretty close drive to convince me to go.

Lets all hope the cold comes to an end soon,

Gibsonia, PA

Original Message:
From: Don Martinson llmen@wi.rr.com
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:28:12 -0600
To: aroid-l@gizmoworks.com
Subject: [Aroid-l] Number of A. titanums in existence.

The A. titanum at our local museum in Milwaukee is about to bloom.


An article in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel stated :

> The museum's corpse flower, which has never bloomed before, has its roots
> Sumatra, and only about 140 of the plants are known to exist in the world,
> according to Neil Luebke, curator of botany at the museum and the stinky
> plant's guardian.

While I realize they aren't selling these at K-Mart as yet, the figure of
140 seems rather low to me, at least when you add in all the smaller tubers
that seem to be available (at least for a price) as of late.

Is this truly an accurate guess as to the number of titanums in existence?

Don Martinson
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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