Re: Lesser amorphophalli, corms vs. tubers, etc.

On Jul 8, 10:59am, Steve Marak wrote:
> Subject: Lesser amorphophalli, corms vs. tubers, etc.
> Re Amorph. konjac ... Dewey, you mentioned Fanny Phillips in one of your
> notes. Does she still grow the "giant" and "dwarf" forms of konjac that
> she had, and have these proven consistent in their growth and flowering?
> I've always been curious as to whether these were genetic or
> environmental, since aroids seem willing to flower small when happy.

Last year I had one of my konjacs to set seed and this year I have about
150 seedlings and at this stage there is quite a bit of diversity in this
batch of seedlings.  There appears to be some dwarfs, some giants, some
pink-petioled, some red-petioled, and even a couple with twisted leaves.
I would definitely agree that these variances are due to genetics.

It appears that I have been successful in getting one of my paeoniifolius
to set seed this year -- I should be able to collect a few hundred seed
later this year.  It will interesting to see if this batch of paeoniifolius
seed will give any variant forms.

> Dewey, is your marvelous parvulus the same one I am growing, i.e. the one
> that is something else very similar, or a true parvulus? On returning
> home, I noticed that my plant, apparently in envy of yours, has now
> started several more petioles. The effect of about 5 petioles with that
> remarkable coloration is very beautiful.

"Marvelous parvulus" or whatever name this plant will end up having is
one of the prettier Amophophallus.  I shared a piece of this with Dewey
sometime ago.  I received my original tuber from another list member
simply labeled as "Red Leaf".  At one time there was a photo of this
plant on the IAS ID site and it was temporarily identified as A. parvulus,
but I think that plant was back into the "not sure" category.
I highly suspect that this is the same plant that you are growing.

> What can you Amorph. experts tell me about "Leo Song #1" and "Leo Song
> #2"? I was given these during my travels, and know nothing about them
> except that LS #2 may be a white-stemmed konjac. Will someone enlighten
> me, please?

Some years ago I received some of these "Leo Song" tubers and I have been
sharing them each year, so you may have the same ones that I have.  If I
am not mistaken, Wilbert did say that LS #2 was a white-stemmed konjac
from Kinabalu.


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