I''ve just been fortunate to have a lovely
Dracontium bloom that I got from a fantastic person earlier this spring and I
wanted to share and try to get a positive ID if possible. My notes say
that this was originally collected in Peru, but sometimes my notes are not all
that wonderful to be perfectly honest!
As you can see, the spathe is wonderfully colored
and mottled, the petioles are present at blooming (the one emerged at the same
time as the influorescence) and have fairly large "thorns" compared to my other
species. It is 20 inches (~51 cm) from the soil to the base of the spathe
and the spathe itself is 12 inches (~30 cm) tall. The spadix itself is
very small and if need be, I will try to get a picture for an ID.
I also have an influorescence on my Dracontium
amazoense emerging so if there is any advice on collecting pollen I could always
try for an unusal cross.
I have had many great e-mail discussions with a few
of you on the forum over the years about Dracontium and I appreciate all the
advice you have given me that has allowed for a small amount of success on my
part. While I do not have a greenhouse, they seem to do OK for me in my
bathroom window on a heat mat for the winter (8 months) as they get a nice
blast of humidity once a day. It has been a great spring through fall for
me with my Dracontium as I have had 4 species bloom, including these two.
I have a few other no-ID plants which I'm sure are large enough
to bloom in the next year so maybe I will get lucky with a few others in
the year to come!! If anyone has any tubers that they are willing to sell
to feed my love of this genus please let me know.
Looking forward to hearing what the experts
Good growing all,
p.s. By the way, I have finally decided to
join the IAS so I can read some of the journal articles on-line, but I want to
know if I join now do I get all the benefits through the end of 2011 or just
through the end of 2010? I have gotten some conflicting information from
personal communications compared to what it seems to say on the web site.
Thanks for help in clarifying this.