Aroids forum: Giraffe's Knees?

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 11, 2016 10:41 AM CST
So yesterday I was given this plant by a friend. She calls it "Giraffe's Knees" and I did find it in the database. Is this an Aroid?

It has a flower as you can see in the photo, and it sure does look like an Aroid flower. But the leaves don't look like any Aroid I've seen. Cool looking mottled stem, with (indeed ! ) a sort of knee in it halfway up.
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Elaine

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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
May 11, 2016 11:18 AM CST

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Yes an African Aroid, nice!! Giraffe's Knees (Gonatopus boivinii)
Like a no stink amorph.
Evan
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 11, 2016 11:29 AM CST
Hurray! for "no stink" Hurray! This one is about 3ft. tall. Can I expect it to get bigger? Do you know if it pups?

How about light? Will it take some sun or should I keep it in a pot under the oak trees?
Elaine

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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
May 11, 2016 12:36 PM CST

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It does get pups. I hesitate to give growing advice. Mine got progressively smaller for three years until...poof. I think MJ grows it, @mjsponies.
Evan
Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
May 11, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Elaine mine is sending up a bloom now I think. It went dormant this winter. It got about 5 ft.tall but they can get much taller. The one at EFG Orchids was at least 7-8 ft. tall.
I have mine in dappled sun/shade and doesn't like to dry out. I think mine could have used a bit more sun last year as it seemed kinda leggy to me.
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mkb136
May 13, 2016 5:58 AM CST
I have them too they are a cool plant! Nice here we keep them in the ground and they spread.
Name: mj
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mjsponies
May 13, 2016 8:43 AM CST
I was thinking I might put mine in the ground. I've got A. bulbifer in the ground and does just fine also.
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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
May 13, 2016 1:58 PM CST

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LariAnn mentioned they grow like weeds in south FL.
Evan
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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dyzzypyxxy
May 13, 2016 2:25 PM CST
I was just talking to the friend that gave me the plant. She says she's finding seedlings of it in other pots besides the one her plant is in.

Hmm. I'll have to keep an eye on it.
Elaine

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