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Re: [aroid-l] What does inflorescence mean?

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] What does inflorescence mean?
  • From: MossyTrail@cs.com
  • Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 22:42:47 -0400

"Leo A. Martin" <leo1010@attglobal.net> wrote:

>The largest flower is that of Rafflesia arnoldii, a parasitic plant from 
>the jungles of Indonesia, in the family Rafflesiaceae. It reaches a 
>meter in diameter (39 inches.) It is pretty much impossible to 
>cultivate, being  a parasite. It stinks, is striped yellow and maroon, 
>has vibratory hairs, and is carrion-pollinated, so most people on this 
>list would find it quite attractive.
Surely its hostplant is known?  First cultivate the hostplant to a suitable size, then plant the Rafflesia on that.  Of course, only a large botanic garden could do this, since the hostplant is a huge liana; but this obstacle is possible to overcome.  What other factors make it "impossible to cultivate"?

Jason Hernandez

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