Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson
  • Synonyms : Amorphophallus campanulatus Decne.
  • Common Name : Suran, Elephant's Foot
  • Plant Family : Araceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Amorphophallus paeoniifolius Plant :

  • Habit : A herb with a very large corm, depressed-globose, bulbiferous, dark brown.
  • Leaves : Appear after the flowers, petiole stout, 2-3 feet long, dark green with paler blotches, blade segments spreading, simple or forked, leaflets of variable width, obovate-oblong, acute, strongly many veined, with recurved wavy and crisped margins, greenish-pink, externally with pale rounded blotches base within purple.
  • Inflorescence : Spadix
  • Flowers : Very bad smelling, spadix as long as spathe, appendage, slightly lobed, dark red-purrple, spongy within. Male flowers stamens 2-4, anthers densely crowded sessile, depressed-globose, style stout, purple, stigma large, 2-3 lobed.
  • Fruit : Berries red.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : April - May
  • Significance : Cultivated for its large, fleshy corms used as vegetable.