Re: [aroid-l] what does inflorescence mean?
- Subject: Re: [aroid-l] what does inflorescence mean?
- From: "Albert Huntington" firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 11:45:34 -0500
I'm probably going to end up repeating information already
provided by others, but here goes...
Inflorescence ( not to be confused with fluorescence ) is a
technical term for something us non-botanists would usually just
call a flower. In an aroid, it typically means the spathe and the
spadix including all the little tiny male and female flowers
attached to the spadix.
If one wants to get all technical-like, the largest
inflorescence probably belongs to the Talipot palm, Corypha
umbraculifera - but it doesn't look like just one flower to us non
technical people - it looks like a cluster of flowers - a 30 foot
tall cluster of flowers. There are also some agave and bromeliad
species which produce pretty large inflorescences.
The largest single flower is likely Rafflesia arnoldii, a
parasitic plant that grows in southeast asia. It gets about 3
feet wide. So far, nobody has been able to grow this one in
So what do we have? Amorphophallus titanum - the largest
inflorescence that looks like a single flower to laypeople. Not a
title that trips off the tongue, but still a pretty darn cool
There's some more information about plant record breakers at:
--- SongString@aol.com wrote:
> What does inflorescence mean? It reminds me of something
> that glows in the dark, but that can't be right. I know
> the flower of the .Titanum is the largest inflorescence,
> but does that mean there is another flower that is larger
> in the world, because it is not categorized as an
> If there is a larger flower than the A. titanum, what is it?
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