Dead horse arum

Susan Hayek
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 19:07:50 PDT
Diana's photos of her Dead horse Arum, Helicodiceros muscivorus, have 
been posted at:…


>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!!
>Telos Rare Bulbs

susan hayek, North Coast of CA, USA, zone 9b, Sunset zone 17.
15 miles south of Eureka, CA, overlooking the Eel River, with a peek 
of the ocean.

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