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Re: Amorphophallus bulbifer stories

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Amorphophallus bulbifer stories
  • From: "Don Bittel" <dbittel@treco.net>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 00:36:11 -0500 (CDT)

    I bought one of these bulbifer from Sun Bulb years ago, and noticed it
looked different from the regular ones. the stem had vertical lines and
looked more like a muelleri. back then I did not have muelleri to compare.
I can't find it now and don't know if I still have it. But muelleri has a
spotted spathe that would not be mistaken for bulbifer, so this 'sweet
bulbifer' must be something besides muelleri.

Don Bittel

> From: SelbyHort@aol.com
> To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
> Subject: Re: Amorphophallus bulbifer stories
> Date: Saturday, July 15, 2000 11:18 PM
> Julius,
> I think this is what we had labeled as Amorphophallus bulbifer. I just
> changed the tag to A. muelleri but I am not so sure this is correct. The
> inflorescence smells a bit like a light tropical citrus or gingery smell.
> is not very strong smelling but certainly does not smell stinky or rotten
> otherwise repulsive. Bulbils form at the base of the blades. The spathe
> interior is a lovely shell pink. I wish I still had an inflorescence for
> better description but our plants bloomed about a month ago. These plants
> have been here for several years outdoors (have no idea about the source
> the plant, but possibly came from Sun Bulb?) and we have often referred
to it
> as the "nice smelling bulbifer".
> I would check my Aroideana Amorphophallus volume to compare Wilbert's
> descriptions of both Amorph. bulbifer and A. muelleri but have loaned it
> and did not get it back! I'll never do that again!
> Donna Atwood
> <<
>  There is an Amorphophallus here in Florida much like A. bulbifer in that
>  produces bulbils on the leaf 'joints' that does produce a BEAUTIFUL,
>  chalice-like bloom that smells WONDERFUL, quite unlike the stench of A.
>  bulbifer.   It is sold by Charlie Mc Daniel at Shows as the
>  A. bulbifer'.
>  Any ideas??
>  Cheers,
>  Julius
>   >>

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