Amorphophallus paeoniifolius Elephant Foot Yam

The AMORPHOPHALLUS paeoniifolius Elephant Foot Yam has been in cultivation in tropical Asia and India for centuries. Native across Asia, India, New guinea and Northern Australia which the indigenous people cultivated the plant quite readily.  It has been used as their main staple food if rice was in short supply and also used for medicinal purposes.  This would be the most unusual plant that I have ever seen. It flowers when it is mature, about 4-5 years old. The flower emerges late Spring or early summer which gives out a smell of a dead animal but soon disappears. But really, its not that bad. The flower stays open for at least 2 weeks then slowly dies. Before you know it, a single stalk with a rough wort like surface emerges and then the leaves open up like an umbrella. These plants can grow to 2 mt in height with the leaf span which can reach up to 3m across. What an amazing plant.


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 Amorphophallus Konjac Voodoo Lily or Devils Tonque

The Konjac has been around for centuries mainly through Asia and Japan. It is mainly used for eating and for medicinal purposes. This fleshy looking exotic flower can grow to 1.5mt. Once the flower dies, the single mottled stem starts emerging then branches out resembling a tree.

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Amorphophallus Bulbifer Voodoo Lily Snake plant

The snake plant has been around for while. The large arum-like pinkish flower can grow up to 35cm tall. The stem is smooth and resembles snake skin.

The flower emerges when the plant is mature about 4-5 years old.

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