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Amorphophallus titanum Becc: a Historical Review and Some Recent Observations

D. GANDAWIJAJA, S. IDRIS, R. NASUTION, L. P. NYMAN and J. ARDITTI
Annals of Botany
Vol. 51, No. 3 (March 1983), pp. 269-278
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42757200
Page Count: 15
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Amorphophallus titanum Becc: a Historical Review and Some Recent Observations
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Abstract

Amorphophallus titanum Becc, discovered in 1878 by Odoardo Beccari in Sumatra has flowered only a few times in botanical gardens. Its corms may weigh as much as 50 kg, have a diameter of 50-55 cm, a circumference of nearly 2 m and be 40 cm high. The inflorescences, which produce a fetid smell, may last 3-4 days and can reach a height of 2 m. The spadix is yellow-red in colour and the spathe greenish purple.

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