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Sep 30, 2019 4:36 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Anchomanes are such cool plants. Native to tropical Africa, places like Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Zambia,Zaire...there are 6 recognized species. Of the six, some grow in one place in Africa but not another, and most are cultivated there. Only one, Anchomanes difformis, is readily available here but you likely will not find it in nurseries unless you are at a specialty nursery that carries a lot of unusual aroids, or at a plant sale at the home of a collector.
In Africa these plants are highly utilized. The tuber, which can become massive, is eaten for food (after special preparation). It is also used medicinally for a variety of illnesses and conditions. The tuber, spathe and berries are used in ritual and believed to be magical.
These plants are similar in form to the Genus Amorphophallus and the Genus Dracontium with one difference: they are perennials, while the other two genii of plants are annuals which go dormant in fall and winter.
The stalks are spiny and patterned, the tuber large and thick and grows horizontally. The stem gives rise to three identical petioles which produce very large leaves that are highly divided into many leaflets.
Just a cool oddball plant.

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Sep 30, 2019 4:44 PM CST
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Gina1960 said:Anchomanes are such cool plants. Native to tropical Africa, places like Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Zambia,Zaire...there are 6 recognized species. Of the six, some grow in one place in Africa but not another, and most are cultivated there. Only one, Anchomanes difformis, is readily available here but you likely will not find it in nurseries unless you are at a specialty nursery that carries a lot of unusual aroids, or at a plant sale at the home of a collector.
In Africa these plants are highly utilized. The tuber, which can become massive, is eaten for food (after special preparation). It is also used medicinally for a variety of illnesses and conditions. The tuber, spathe and berries are used in ritual and believed to be magical.
These plants are similar in form to the Genus Amorphophallus and the Genus Dracontium with one difference: they are perennials, while the other two genii of plants are annuals which go dormant in fall and winter.
The stalks are spiny and patterned, the tuber large and thick and grows horizontally. The stem gives rise to three identical petioles which produce very large leaves that are highly divided into many leaflets.
Just a cool oddball plant.

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The leaves sort of remind me of dahlia leaves a bit. I know they're not related, but that's just what I was thinking of when I saw it. I wonder what the tubers taste like. Thinking I guess I'm hungry. Hilarious!

The alocasia and dieffenbachia below it, are so pretty. Lovey dubby
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Sep 30, 2019 5:49 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Thank you! I would not want to eat those tubers LOL. I think they are probably like most aroids and have a lot of nasty stuff in there.
The alocasia is A. longiloba 'Purple Prince', one of about 20 varieties of longiloba, most of which are no longer in production and have become hard to find outside private collections.
The other speckled plant peeking through is Aglaomena pictum 'Tricolor'.
The largish fleshy plant behind the Anchomanes is an unusual Aechmea bromeliad
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Sep 30, 2019 6:48 PM CST
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Gina1960 said:Thank you! I would not want to eat those tubers LOL. I think they are probably like most aroids and have a lot of nasty stuff in there.
The alocasia is A. longiloba 'Purple Prince', one of about 20 varieties of longiloba, most of which are no longer in production and have become hard to find outside private collections.
The other speckled plant peeking through is Aglaomena pictum 'Tricolor'.
The largish fleshy plant behind the Anchomanes is an unusual Aechmea bromeliad


Ope, I was imagining they would be similar to potato tubers! Hilarious!

Why is it I always like the rare alocasias? Most of them cost more than my dog! I'll probably never have the chance to see PP in person, though, so I'll just cherish this moment.

D'Oh! I always get dieffenbachia and aglaeonema confused with each other. I recognized yours from a "rare plant wish list" video I watched, and I still got the plant species wrong!
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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Sep 30, 2019 7:57 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
A. pictum 'Tricolor' does resemble D. 'Reflector' but they are not all that similar other than neat patterning on the leaves. Reflector gets large leaves like most Dieffenbachias which A. pictum TC stays relatively small. I am hoping it will bloom and seed again like it did before, I may be able to raised some seedlings
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Apr 21, 2020 5:06 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
My Anchomanes is coming out of dormancy
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Apr 21, 2020 7:02 PM CST
Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
That's a nice looking leaf! Hurray!
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Apr 22, 2020 5:19 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Its funny it gets bigger and taller every year. But it never has more than ONE. People who grow them in their native habitat say they are invasive there. (?) This plant is at least 10 years old. Never tried to multiply. It might if I planted it into the ground, but, when it went dormant I might lose it and accidentally plant or set a container over it when I move the freeloaders into the GH in winter.
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Apr 23, 2020 6:59 PM CST
Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
It never has more than one leaf?
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Apr 24, 2020 6:11 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Nope. Just one lonely leaf. But when its fully open its a really NICE leaf! Getting there....
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Apr 24, 2020 9:49 AM CST
Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
It is a really nice leaf!
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Apr 26, 2020 2:08 PM CST
Los Angeles, CA
Such gorgeous plants... nothing quite like an unfurling leaf, absolutely remarkable! I REALLY love this Anchomanes!! The veining and the variety in greeness in the leaves is remarkable.
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Apr 26, 2020 4:41 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Its an 'oddball' plant. Anchomanes are not all the common in the general plant trade, but collectors pass them around
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Apr 29, 2020 11:34 PM CST
Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
Any updates on the one leaf wonder? Is it getting bigger?
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Apr 30, 2020 5:41 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
why yes m'dear! Needs a new photoshoot though
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Apr 30, 2020 10:40 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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May 2, 2020 10:47 PM CST
Name: Adrienne
Ohio (Zone 6b)
It looks gorgeous! Shiny and unusual. I can't believe it just hangs out with it's one lone leaf Hilarious!
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