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#1 User is offline   csbear 

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 10:36 PM

the purpose of this thread is to cultivate interest in the genus amorphophallus, an aroid some of you may know of. hopefully by the time this thread becomes stagnant, more people would have a basic knowledge of what an aroid is :)/>
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 10:46 PM

Amorphos are actually interesting aroids with very nice large flowers. I suppose they are stinky?

Do they have male and female flower parts ripening at diff times?
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 10:56 PM

yup, males and females ripen at different times to prevent self pollination. females ripen first followed by males.
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  Posted 01 November 2006 - 09:31 AM

Thanks csbear for starting this thread.

Hmmm... is Amorphophallus the largest flower in the world?

Anyone has the picture of theirs Amorpho? :P/>
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 02:48 PM

LOL! Has sheer desperation to make more people grow Amorphophallus driven you to start this thread? Hehe. Actually I don't mind growing some. But if they flower, I think my mom will puke. :P/> Where did you get your two A. titaniums from? Maybe I'll go get one myself too... Haha!

Chong Ren

p.s. You wanted Dorstenia right? I found you a site that ships whole plants, at relatively cheap prices. See if you can get enough people to mass order with you haha! Check out http://www.glasshouseworks.com/
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:01 PM

Csbear, do you have pics of Mr Stinky (thats wat one magazine called the amorphophallus titanum)?
Actually I can see the plant has a very interesting shape and structure but the descriptions of the smell have not been encouraging.

Rgds
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 04:49 PM

What is an amorphophallus? The name like very obscene - phallus? Amorpho is what meaning?

Got picture to see or not? Auntie very interested to see how come plant got such obscene name.

Why smelly? Never wash ah?
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  Posted 01 November 2006 - 04:52 PM

Hey MahjongQueen
I believe you love plants like you love Mahjong. :P/>

You can copy and paste the Amorphophallus in Yahoo.
I also hope that some members can post their Amorpho pictures.

about http://www.glasshouseworks.com/
Too bad, they didnt sell Amorphophallus i want, but close
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 04:57 PM

THANK YOU JEFFERY.

O the amorphophallus is like that one. I know why call phallus liao. Why amorpho leh? Sounds like distorted phallus?

What a name! BAD for children to listen. How to grow? Where in Singapore can you buy the plant? Like never see on sale in nursery one.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 05:02 PM

View PostMahjongQueen, on Nov 1 2006, 04:49 PM, said:

What is an amorphophallus? The name like very obscene - phallus? Amorpho is what meaning?

Got picture to see or not? Auntie very interested to see how come plant got such obscene name.

Why smelly? Never wash ah?

MahjongQueen,
Yon can find out more about Amorphophallus from Wikipedia <here>
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 05:10 PM

THANK YOU GREEN BARON.

Where can I buy the plant to try? Can we grow in HDB flat?

MARIA
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 05:22 PM

Hi Mahjong Queen
Welcome to GCS. Its the first time I see you posting. Nice avatar!
The amorphophallus is an aroid which is a group of plants that have common characteristics of tuberous roots, and a rod like spadix bearing tiny flowers. Flowers of some aroids smell quite nice for example the peace lily. Another common aroid is the anthurium which do not have a discernable scent.
The amorphophallus titanum is one of the larger aroids and like all aroids it has a fleshy spadix carrying its flowers. To attract pollinating insects the amorphophallus exudes a very strong scent rather like rotting flesh. Plse go to link below if you want to see a picture and brief description.

http://en.wikipedia..../Amorphophallus

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 05:38 PM

I generally do not think its a good idea for flat dwellers to grow these plants. Firstly, many of them are giants of tree-like proportions. Secondly, if you ever get them to flower, which is generally not common, neighbours will think there's a corpse somewhere or maybe someone not fast enough to rush to the loo. It was reputed that the Italian discoverer of A. titanum wanted to bring it back home to show off to his countrymen but once the bulb flowered, he was so disgusted that he threw it into the river !! Thirdly, most of these plants need some kind of dormancy where they need to be kept dry, and the dormany range from 1 to 12 months - and sometimes people forget they have a bulb in an empty pot and throw them away.

Having said that, my experience with most of their bloom is that they are pretty mild. But paenifolius and bulbifer stink for miles and are in constant companion of bow flies. There are sweet smelling ones like A. galbra and even albispathus but they are hard to come by. Also, one can choose smaller ones, but again they are not common. Perhaps then, it is better to grow Typhoniums - equally interesting and also pretty smelly (if you have a fetish for this) but of much manageable size.

ps: And if you have ever eaten Konyaku jelly or some Vegetarian food made of Ji-nuo- they are from Amorphophallus konjak - a temperate species.

Here's 2 links that may be interesting

http://members.tripo...ora/Aroids1.htm

http://www.aroid.org...amorphophallus/

This post has been edited by Or Or: 01 November 2006 - 05:58 PM

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 07:56 PM

Hi csbear,

I think I talked to you about the edible Amorphophallus before available locally. What is the species?

Wilson
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 08:09 PM

hi all, for this i must address everyone individually.

chongren: i bought my titanum plants from a dealer called troy davis who no longer is in this business. but titanum can be found at quite a few websites, just that more expensive.

jeffrey: titanum is not a flower, rather it is an inflorescence. so actually it looks like a giant flower, but inside are the much smaller flowers. rafflesia still remains the largest flower to date :)/>

mahjongqueen: names of plants describe the characteristics of the plant somewhat accurately, so no choice but to call it phallus :)/> this plant cannot be found sold in nurseries in singapore simply because it is not very well known and perhaps nursery owners are not confident of selling their stock if the plant is imported. they can be found sold on many websites, even though the range of species online is rather limited. if you are looking for information of how to cultivate it, http://www.aroid.org...lus/amcult.html would be a much better source of info than me :)/>

or or: most of yr information is accurate, but i disagree in that many of them have tree-like proportions. i think that the only big ones consist of what is known as the 'big 4' of indonesia, titanum, gigas, decus-silvae and hewitii. the others are rather moderate in size, although one cultivar of paeoniifolius, known as giant form, can also grow to tree like proportions. if anyone is looking for smaller sizes, there are always species such as obscurus or pygmaeus. on a smaller note, was it me who remembers it wrongly, that beccarii brought back the tuber to display in europe, but it was too precious to dump into the river :)/> i think the river part came in another story concerning aroids as well. seemed to recall it being mentioned in a book called "aroids: plants of the arum family". what amorphophallus species do you grow? :)/>

hope this answers part of your questions :)/>
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Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:49 PM

hi davidia,

you revived this long dead thread :)/>

anyway, here are some photos that show some of the amorphophallus i have that are still in leaf.

http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/P9010128.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/PB290152.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/PB290150.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/PB290149.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/PB290148.jpg


http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/PB290147.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/P9180024.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/P9180025.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/PB290146.jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o112/csxiongacs/PB290145.jpg
http://i118.photobuc...cs/PB290144.jpg
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Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:52 PM

Wow! You have some collection there! Good job!
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Posted 29 November 2006 - 08:59 PM

Yup! :notworthy:/>
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  Posted 29 November 2006 - 09:21 PM

WAH! :greenthumb:/> csbear!

I didnt know Amorp has so many other different types.

I am expecting the giant flower.

Where to get that kind?
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Posted 29 November 2006 - 09:45 PM

currently there is a seed of that giant flower on auction on ebay. amorphophallus titanum is getting more obtainable over the recent years and hopefully the price of it, be it seed or tuber, will decline sharply :)/>
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