Sun, Surf and Dead Horses
I see on the news that most of you Nth.Hemisphere folk are coping
with the 'Freeze' or being washed away by floods. YUK !! Hang in
You don't need to hear this but here in 'downunder' Melbourne I have
been spending lots of time lazing under a beach umbrella watching the
surf roll in and sometimes even making the effort to dive into the
crystal blue water. Sigh.
My Aroids are enjoying the weather too with Arisaemas candidissima
and flavum blooming their heads off and Amorphophallus galbra showing
off its snakeskin better than ever (I still haven't flowered it
though). I flowered my Calla palustris for the first time and pick
any colour Zantedeschia-- they are all flowering. Anchomanes
difformis didn't bother going dormant and is flowering again whilst
the sinister buds of my Sauromatums are erupting through the soil.
But by far the star aroid of summer was my Dead Horse Arum
(Helicodiceros muscivorous). With its 5 blooms, each 35cm by 25cm and a
stink that would kill a horse it made it to the front page of our
university paper. It sure did pull a crowd (move over Kew's Titan
Arum !!). The Dracunculus vulgaris nearby unfurled a couple of larger
than life inflorescences but all eyes were on the Dead Horse.
The Dead Horse is now resting and I have lots of small tubers that I
am happy to give away. The tubers are free to good homes but I will
be asking for return padded envelopes and postage ( I will make
exceptions for my regular trading partners or genuine offers of new
'traders'). E-mail me direct, not through aroid-l.
If you are wet and freezing I hope this post has cheered you up.
Happy New Year
Dept.of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Monash University, Clayton 3168
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