Re: Titanum in conservatory

Could someone please explain why the titanum in Atlanta looks
as if it has a purple spadix and the one at Fairchild looks
like a cream spadix.  Is it just reflection from the spathe?

And one more dumb question, what is the spadix composed of
that it could collapse so thoroughly and quickly?  This has
been a fascinating time for me watching the growth of these
two flowers.  Unfortunately, I know nothing about them and
it really would be nice to know more.  Like how thick is
the spathe?  Do they just grow from water in the tuber (corm)
or are they watered and fertilized like mad during their growth?

At 02:30 PM 7/6/98 -0500, you wrote:
>> Actually the titanum *was* in the conservatory.. They've always kept
>> the amorphs in there, in pots on the walkways.. It would have been
>> really cool to see it in a more natural setting, although i can
>> imagine with the ABG's narrow walkways, I imagine they were trying to
>> avoid serious traffic congestion. Also, as someone else pointed out,
>> there's boatloads of little quail scurrying around the ground up
>> there.
>    It's amazing how short-lived the flower is, even yesterday the edges
>of the spathe were starting to look a little wilted, although, as we can
>all see the pictures, it's not really all that noticable in them
>(although I showed up at at about 5:30 pm, I'm sure the pics were taken
>earlier) I've heard several people now mention this particular flower
>hasn't smelled as bas as some of the other Amorphs. This is the first
>Amorph blossom I've seen in person, but I'd have to agree it wasn't too
>bad. Actually I wouldn't describe it as smelling *that* much like a
>rotting carcass, but rather like a pair of old sneakers or something

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