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Showing off to fellow plant geeks

Just wanted to post pics of my Amorphophallus paeonifolius in bloom. Took five years, starting with a 2" bulb. The flower is well over a foot across, smells delightful too.

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PikesPeak9 years ago
You can tell just by looking at this thing that it is thinking for the right time, and for the right person to walk by, so it can eat it in one gulp.
canida9 years ago
So when does the larval alien break out of the pod?
Tool Using Animal (author)  canida9 years ago
Hmm I don't know, let me bend over and take a closer loo.........()@)#()@($&) NO CARRIER
Weird, I wonder what happened... let's all split up and investigate!
I wonder what it tastes like
KentsOkay9 years ago
VERY cool man, what about flies? Wouldn't they swarm to the smell?
coolflame9 years ago
great job man! this is really cool! but what do you mean with 'smells delightful' - most of the amorphophallus smell like ... carrion or something like that. just awesome. i like plants that are not to find in everyone's garden. where did you get it from?
Tool Using Animal (author)  coolflame9 years ago
Just some hyperbole, it does smell quite strongly of rotting fish, we've had to keep the windows closed. Leu gardens, in Orlando, has an annual plant sale, although in recent years it's gone down hill, in the past rare plant dealers would come, and I got it there. Aeshir, Amorphophallus are fly pollinated, so it simulates the appearance and smell of rotting meat. I also have an Aristolochia gigantea vine which uses the same pollination strategy.
What about it's attraction to cats from the neighborhood?
Tool Using Animal (author)  schorhr9 years ago
No cats, other than my own, my dogs wouldn't put up with them in the yard ;-). I'm hoping some carrion beetles will show up, those things are cool.
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