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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

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Amorphophallus paeoniifolius Seeds

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, commonly known as the Elephant Foot Yam or the Corpse Lily, is a species of flowering plant in the Araceae family. Native to various regions in Asia, including India, China, and Southeast Asia, this plant is notable for its large, tuberous underground corm.

The distinctive leaves of Amorphophallus paeoniifolius resemble those of the peony flower, hence its specific epithet "paeoniifolius." The plant produces a single leaf that emerges from the corm, which is divided into several leaflets attached to a central stalk. The leaf can grow to impressive sizes, reaching up to several feet in height.

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius is best known for its unique flowers of a plantinflorescence. It produces a tall, fleshy fleshy spike of minute flowersspadix covered with tiny flowers, surrounded by a large, frilly a sheathing modified leaf partly enclosing flowersspathe. The a sheathing modified leaf partly enclosing flowersspathe is usually greenish or reddish-brown in color and may have white or purple markings. The fleshy spike of minute flowersspadix emits a pungent odor, resembling that of rotting flesh, to attract pollinators such as flies and beetles.

Cultivating Amorphophallus paeoniifolius can be challenging outside its natural habitat, as it prefers warm and humid conditions. The plant requires well-drained soil and ample space to accommodate its large corm and foliage.

In some regions, the corm of Amorphophallus paeoniifolius is utilized as a food source. It is cooked or processed to remove toxins before consumption. The plant also holds medicinal value in traditional herbal practices, where different parts of the plant are used for various purposes.

If you like Amorphophallus paeoniifolius, you might also like Annona hypoglauca "Annonilla" or Amorphophallus beccarii
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