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Amorphophallus gigas blooming

Amorphophallus gigas (formerly A. brooksii) is coming
into bloom in the Windows to the Tropics Conservatory
at Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, Florida.

It is the first blooming of this species at Fairchild.
The tuber was grown from seed acquired with the
Amorphophallus titanum seed distributed from the Dr.
James Symon & Wilbert Hetterscheid expedition in 1993.

The inflorescence emerged from the soil around the 1st
of May. Today, Wednesday May 19th, it has grown to 4
foot. The peduncle is elongating quickly but the
spadix is still hidden. 

As the tuber came out of dormancy, I thought this was
a new leaf. By this last Monday it had become obvious.

Craig M. Allen
Conservatory Manager 'Windows to the Tropics'
Fairchild Tropical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Miami, Florida 33156
Tel. 305-667-1651 ext. 3320   FAX 305-661-8953
email: cm_allen@yahoo.com
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