Name that Plant (Variety)!
October 5, 2018 7:01 AM   Subscribe

I have what I believe is a volunteer amorphophallus in my yard. I want to ID the variety, and also learn about the best care to keep it alive.

We live in Miami-Dade and I found it while cleaning out our very overgrown yard a couple weeks ago. It's maybe 4 feet tall right now and there's another that's maybe 3 feet. I know wild ones are rare, so should I call the extension office or something?
posted by mrfuga0 to Home & Garden (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Sure, I would send them an email with a pic. See what they say.
posted by loveandhappiness at 7:37 AM on October 5, 2018

Definitely an Amorphophallus; some very cursory image-searching leads me to suspect A. paeonifolius (mostly based on the way the spots lower on the stalk become streaky after the leaf starts branching into leaflets,* and the fact that it appears to be a fairly commonly-cultivated species. Though since my guess is contingent on people correctly identifying the plants in their own photos, I don't have a lot of confidence in it.).

Should it bloom someday, you'll have a more definite ID. Though then you'll also have a whole new problem to deal with.

*(weird terminology because with Amorphophallus, the whole "tree" is botanically just a single heavily-divided leaf)
posted by Spathe Cadet at 7:41 AM on October 5, 2018

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