Diana's photos of her Dead horse Arum, Helicodiceros muscivorus, have been posted at: http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/… s. >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 -- 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.