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Rare variety of Amorphophallus ralative. Typhonium venosum, probably better known under its synonym Sauromatum venosum, is a common shade-loving house or garden plant from temperate and tropical Africa and Asia. Tuberous perennial with solitary, segmented round leaf and strange, arum-like flower. It grows to around 20 inches tall from an underground corm. A large T. venosum corm can spawn multiple new corms. Inflorescences emerge before their leaves. This plant is also known as the Voodoo Bulb because of its ability to flower from a corm without soil and water. An inflorescence has a purplish-brown-spotted, yellowish spathe and a purplish-brown spadix which emit a strong odor perceived as similar to cow manure, rotting flesh, or a dirty wet dog, depending on who smells the inflorescence. The odor lasts about 2 days, and attracts carrion-feeding insects which can pollinate this plant.
Sinofranchetia chinensis is a vigorous, hardy, deciduous Climber growing to 15 m. Small, white flowers are produced in May followed by bunches of hanging, purple fruits in October. Attractive garden plant for trellises, arbors or against walls.
Spathicarpa gardneri is an evergreen, ornamental small plant, endemic to Brazil. It grows between 2-5 ft tall and 18-24 inches wide once fully established. The foliage is relatively sparse, but it features several interesting characteristics. The leaves are deep, glossy green, and offer an unusual color due to their mottled white veins that contrast the green. It is also very ornamental and provides an interesting aspect to any garden.
Spathicarpa gardneri prefers semi-shade to partial sun and should be protected from the midday sun during the warmer months. It also prefers regular watering, but make sure not to overwater, as this can damage the roots. A moderate watering once a week during the summer is usually enough to keep it healthy. It is hardy to USDA zone 9-11 and can be grown in pot in cold regions as long as it is kept in a sheltered area during winter.
Spathicarpa gardneri should be fertilized with a balanced organic fertilizer once a month during the warmer months of the year. It should also be given a light pruning after the initial flowering season to keep it looking neat and tidy and promote new growth. It should be protected from heavy rains and strong winds, which can cause damage to the foliage.
Spathicarpa gardneri is a great addition to any garden, and its unique foliage and unusual colors make it an especially attractive choice for gardens looking for an eye-catching feature. It is also relatively easy to care for once established, making it a great option for those new to gardening.
Stanhopea sp. prefers a semi-shade exposure, filtered light with a few hours of morning or late afternoon sun.
These small plants grow 2-5 feet tall and typically are epiphytic in nature. Stanhopea should be grown in a medium that is open and rapidly draining, such as fir bark or cork mounted on cork slabs, mounted boards or tree fern slabs. Stanhopea thrives in heat and humidity, and should be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. Watering should be regular so as to keep the growing medium moderately moist but never wet.
Stanhopea is known for its unusual, large and fragrant flowers that are usually a combination of white, off-white, red, crimson and vinous, yellow, orange, and other colors. The flowers generally last from multiple days up to a couple of weeks. The fragrant flowers of Stanhopea will open in the morning, and close up at early evening.
For those in colder regions, Stanhopea can be grown indoors in pots, but it should be kept warm, and given plenty of indirect light and high humidity. Watering should also be regular, and just enough to keep the roots lightly moist but never waterlogged. It is important to keep the environmental temperature above or around 70°F to ensure successful growth and blooming of Stanhopea.