Sunday, June 7, 2009

Amorphophallus titanum in CA


Curator and Sonny Bono impersonator John Trager eyeballs the "Son of Stinky" photo used without permission

This is the "Son of Stinky", the second generation of Amorphophallus titanum to bloom in captivity. This is more than likely a botanical first. The original parent plant was one of 10 to bloom in captivity in the 20th century. It now sits across the botanical garden (at the Huntington Library in San Marion, CA) from its offspring's inflorescence.

It is important to note that S.O.S. is one of several progeny, yet it is the only one flowering. When reading the news releases it is presumed that this one is in the ground while others are in pots, leading one to conclude that there are environmental factors at play. It could be genetic as well as A. titanum outcrosses and perhaps led to some variation in the offspring, but I'm leaning more towards the environmental variables.

More on this as it develops. Daily updates can be seen at www.huntington.org.

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