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Re: [nafex] Titan Amorphophallas

My box wasn't full;  I have a very incompetent ISP.  Cable modems are not
available in my area, so I limp along with a provider that is down more than
it is up.  Sorry you had problems.  Two photos are attached.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gordon Nofs <gc_nofs@hotmail.com>
To: nafex@yahoogroups.com <nafex@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sunday, June 03, 2001 9:19 AM
Subject: Re: [nafex] Titan Amorphophallas

>    I would like pictures any way you want to send is fine.
>       I tried your e-mail 4 times and each time it came back. Your box
>            Thanks   Gordon C. Nofs
>----Original Message Follows----
>From: "Doreen Howard" <doreenh@ticon.net>
>Reply-To: nafex@yahoogroups.com
>To: <nafex@yahoogroups.com>
>Subject: [nafex] Titan Amorphophallas
>Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2001 21:59:29 -0500
>I had the rare pleasure of seeing a titan arum (the largest flower on the
>planet) in bloom today at the University of Wisconsin at Madison Botany
>Dept. greenhouses.  Paul Berry, head of the Botany Dept., has been babying
>this plant for nearly 9 years.  He received a seedling from an associate in
>Arizona, who got it from Wilbert  Hetterscheid, the Dutch plant explorer.
>Today, the bloom is 7 feet, 7 inches, and Berry predicts that the spathes
>will unfurl and the bloom will be in full flower on Wednesday.  He is going
>to attempt to hand pollinate it.  I hope I get seed!!  Any volunteers with
>huge greenhouse??
>The Titan Amorphophallas is also the smelliest plant on earth, reportedly
>having the odor of rotten fish to attract sweat bees and carrion flies for
>pollination.  There have been photographs of people in gas masks next to
>flower.  However, after the Titan at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew
>bloomed, I talked with Prof. Gerrald Lewis, the curator of the herbarium
>there about the smell.  He said the press over-hyped it, and it only
>of a bit of bad fish, to quote him.
>I'll be glad to send digital pictures I took today to anyone who wants
>I can either inbed them in an html format (if you are Win 95 or higher) or
>can attach them as jpgs.
>This flower is truly awesome and a wonder of the plant world.
>Doreen Howard
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