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

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Rafflesia arnoldii was: What does inflorescence mean?
  • From: Steve Budko sbudko@comcast.net
  • Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2003 18:43:32 -0400

From what I have read, Rafflesia arnoldii seeds are caught in the hooves of
wild boars, and then set into the lianas when they are trampled upon by
these boars. Sounds strange, but has anyone else heard or read this?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <aroid-l@lists.ncsu.edu>
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2003 12:29 AM
Subject: Re: [aroid-l] Rafflesia arnoldii was: What does inflorescence mean?

> My oh my, what a flower!  I'd never heard of this plant, so did a
> Google image search for it.  If I could grow it, I would, stink or
> not!  Is it grown in any botanical gardens in the US?  Anyone know?
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > "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.

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