Yes, this plant does cause 'chicken
skin'. I had another image of it next to the curator, but wasn't sure
if I should use his image. To see it next to a tall man made it even
The Huntington grows it inside a
climate controlled greenhouse. I'm not sure as to how well it would
survive or thrive in the open without the humidity. I think this
species may come from a wet area in nature, by the looks of the spath
that it presented. It's flower shape was one where the spath acts as
an umbrella to protect the spadix from becoming wet during a rain. I
can tell you though, this plant has extremely thin leaves that rip,
tear and bruise easily. I had dreams of planting one outside in the
landscaping, but after growing it for a while I don't think it would
look as spectacular with it's blades shredded.
If you get a chance to pick one up,
try it as a houseplant, if your greenhouse is too tight.
If you are still located in SOCA,
head over to the Huntington for the day. They have recently built a
tremendous conservatory with bevy of aroids and other beautiful plants,
and it turned out spectacular to say the least!