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Apr 18, 2021 10:07 PM CST
Central Florida (Zone 10a)
Not sure which species but reasonably certain this is dracontium. Almost no good photos online.
Breaking dormancy
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Stem with prickles and interesting markings
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Leaf starting to unfurl
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Gotta love how the single leaf unfolds and separates....
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...until it looks like separate leaves
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Looks like it's going to flower
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I'll post again when the flower opens. Maybe then someone can help with species ID.
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Apr 19, 2021 6:12 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
There are excellent photographs of several species of Dracontium at this site:
aroidpictures.fr

You may be able to ID from there
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Apr 19, 2021 10:54 AM CST
Central Florida (Zone 10a)
Thanks Gina, I'll check it out.
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Apr 19, 2021 11:45 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I have never had a Dracontium. I am not familiar with all the different species of it
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Apr 21, 2021 9:40 AM CST
Central Florida (Zone 10a)
Gina, I looked at all the dracontium on the link and couldn't really find a match. However you did inadvertently solve my dilemma. Back in 2019 or 2020 you posted an "Aroid of the Week" anchomanes difformis. That is my plants identical twin. I looked up the plant online and noticed one identifying trait that it has and its closest relatives (amorphophallus and dracontium) don't have. Eyes on the tubers! I noticed them when repotting. It does spread and I now have three pots with multiple tubers. Should I change the thread title?
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Apr 21, 2021 12:58 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
If you want to LOL. My Anchomanes is just coming out of dormancy now!
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