17 November 2021
What’s happening in the First Creek Wetland’s ‘settlement’ pond?An alga has been growing there that hasn’t been recorded in Adelaide for many years.
Date posted: 31 October 2016
Meet the Amorphophallus maxwellii, which flowered in Mount Lofty Botanic Garden Nursery’s glasshouse last weekend. Our Horticultural Curator of Plant Propagation, Matt Coulter, certainly knew our plant was in flower when he opened the glasshouse doors on Monday morning (pee-ew!).
The plant is native to rainforests in Thailand and was only described in 1994. Like all other Amorphophallus plants, it contains lots of little small flowers grouped together in a large flowering structure called an inflorescence. Then there’s the modified leaf (called a spathe) surrounding the big spike-shaped thing called a spadix.
Amorphophallus plants emit odours to attract pollinators like flies or beetles and while some are reportedly quite pleasant (e.g. anise or chocolate), others are a tad more revolting (like the maxwellii or titanum’s dead animal smell, for example!).
The Botanic Gardens of South Australia has acquired a range of different Amorphophallus species and hybrids recently, adding to our dozens of Titan Arum plants. Stay tuned for more flowering news and videos as they come to hand.