Hi, I'm new : Typhonium

John Grimshaw j.grimshaw@virgin.net
Tue, 17 Oct 2006 14:02:36 PDT
Christopher Rogers asked about Typhonium diversiflorum. I assume he means 
Typhonium diversifolium,  which is a diminutive aroid from quite high 
altitudes (2500-4300 m) in the Himalaya. As its name suggests, it exhibits 
great diversity of leaf shape, from very narrowly arrow-shaped to quite 
broad and rounded. The spathe is green with dark reddish stripes of varying 
extent, with a dark spadix that emits the usual Typhonium stink. I 
particularly remember seeing it in the short, overgrazed turf around Namche 
Bazar in Nepal, in 1988, where it was only about 5 cm tall. Collected 
material from this area has grown steadily in moist, humus-rich conditions 
in the open garden since then, but is a bit bigger in such conditions. It's 
not a great garden plant but it brings back happy memories of a wonderful 
visit to an amazing part of the world.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
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