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Aroid (Amorphophallus discophorus)
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This is a very rare Amorphophallus species endemic to Java.

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Family: Araceae
Scientific name: Amorphophallus discophorus
Common name: Aroid
Origin: Java, Indonesia

This is a very rare Amorphophallus species endemic to Java. Populations are known only from the slopes of Mount Wilis in eastern Java, but unfortunately no wild specimens have been found by botanists for 25 years. Several expeditions have searched around the ancient volcano, but unfortunately without results. The area has long been under pressure from logging and, in addition, there have been several large forest fires since 2009, resulting in much destruction. Fortunately, there are still individuals under cultivation, from which these seeds also originate. 

The leaves are umbrella-shaped, have a mottled petiole and grow to about 120 cm in height. If the underground tuber is large enough, the plant can flower. The spathe of the inflorescence is purple and grows to about 20 cm. The cream-coloured spadix protrudes above it and has a disc-shaped thickening at the level of the male flowers. After flowering, the female flowers are followed by red berries. 

When growing as a houseplant, ensure well-drained soil and a light location without direct sunlight. A temperature of 25-30grC is needed for flowering, but otherwise the species does fine at room temperature. 

Sowing description: The already germinated seed can be planted directly in a well-drained soil with organic material. E.g. sowing soil mixed with Sphagnum moss and perlite. For initial development, 25-30grC is optimal. 

Sowing time: Year-round
Difficulty: Intermediate
Minimum temperature: 15 degrees Celsius
 

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