Paul Tyerman
Tue, 10 Jun 2003 05:15:43 PDT
>The point that I am more concerned about is the
>literature that states that it is pleasantly scented
>which mine is definitely NOT.


I have only stuck my nose in mine once and there was no scent at all as far
as I could tell, certainly not unpleasant but not pleasant either.... just
no scent at all.  I hadn't realised it was supposed to smell NICE and was
expecting something aweful.  I didn't get either.

If yours is REALLY wiffy then maybe you have a form of A. dioscoridis
rather than palaestinum.  There are numberous forms of dioscoridis, some of
which supposedly have almost completely dark spathes (most are
predominantly creamy yellow with darker markings on the lower parts) and
the blotches of colour on some of the varieties are pretty similar to the
colour of your spathe.  That's why I figure that yours may be a form with
the darker markings covering the whole spathe and making it look unlike
dioscoridis normally does?  Just a thought.  I had dioscoridis flower in 2
pots last season and they absolutely PONGED..... I had to move them further
away from the house.  No other Arum I have had flower has been particularly
unpleasant other than that one, at least not that I have noticed.  I've had
hygrophyllum (in flower now as it happens), orientale, palaestinum,
cyrenaicum, concinnatum and dioscoridis flower for me so far and
dioscoridis was the only one noticeable..... and BOY was it noticeable.

Maybe it is a possibility you could investigate if you're unsure.  I have
no idea how you could verify though as the leaves are very very similar on
dioscoridis and palaestinum.

I hope this is helpful.


Paul Tyerman
Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9

Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Cyclamen, Crocus,
Cyrtanthus, Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything
else that doesn't move!!!!!

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