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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Amorphophallus Prainii

I had previously written about this rare tuberous herbaceous plant from the Arum family and recently encounter them again as it appears to be quite common, at least around here.

In this particular encounter, I managed to spot four individual Amorphophallus Prainii plants growing wild with their flower blooming at different stages all located in rather close proximity of each other.
Technically, they are not flowers but are inflorescence (to us mortals, it means flowers on a stem), the spadix, which is the center apparatus have both the male and female components.

Before it turns into an inflorescence, the appearance is of a plant with leafs arising from a corm hidden beneath the soil. When the leaf finishes its growing cycle, the entire plant collapses and withers away and in some cases could remain dormant for a time. The next growing cycle is where the inflorescence appears but not always.
The photo below shows an Amorphophallus Prainii plant during its leafing cycle with the mottled looking bark right behind an inflorescence, note that they are both not connected and are individual plants.

1 comment:

Hort Log said...

lovely white Amorpho ! I have seen wild paenifolius flowering several times but never prainii, though supposedly not uncommon.