Dead horse arum

Norm Kalbfleisch
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 18:28:49 PDT
Diana, in Portland (zonal denial 8) the H muscirvoris bloomed for me outside 
without protection.  Also saw it in Sardinia last spring,  Norm Kalbfleisch 
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From: "diana chapman" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2006 10:03 AM
Subject: [pbs] Dead horse arum

> Dear All:
> When I opened the greenhouse door this morning, I was greeted by the smell
> of rotting flesh.  The Dead Horse Arum (Helicodiceros muscivorus) has 
> opened
> the first its fiendish blooms.  I have asked Susan to post a picture to 
> the
> wiki.  The inflorescence is huge, at least 12" in length and about 8"
> across, looking like the posterior of a dead animal, the spathe hanging
> down, all blotchy and covered in dark hairs.  The spadix is covered in 
> hairs
> too, and hangs down like the tail of an animal.  Flies enter a hole under
> the base of the spadix.
> I don't have any available this year.  When I got my original plants years
> ago from a botanical garden, I thought it was just for my own collection,
> but I receive a great many requests for this species and never have 
> enough.
> I must say, it is certainly unique!!
> Diana
> Telos Rare Bulbs
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