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Gonatopus boivinii, Giraffe's Knees

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Gonatopus boivinii
Family: Araceae
Giraffe's Knees
Origin: Eastern Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeKeep soil moistWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It is an interesting and fun to grow aroid, suitable for indoor culture and not fussy about conditions. Large amorphophallus-like flowers on tall stalks emerge from winter dormant tubers. A single leaf arises from a flat tuber that will reach 6 inches across; the leaf often reaches 3 feet in height and is marbled with blackish-brown markings. The leaf stalk is swollen about halfway up giving it the appearance of a giraffe's knee.

Blooming Time: Late Spring. The plant needs filtered sunlight to light shade and warm temperatures. During the growing season the plant should be kept moist at all times. When the leaf dies back in fall the tubers are stored in peat moss or vermiculite.

28 Apr 2010
hello all
Mark Kraver
Cape Coral, Florida
USDA Zone:10A
22 May 2009
Gonotopus boivinii, is any part of this plant edible? It is all over my yard and would like to cook it!

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Gonatopus boivinii - Giraffes Knees

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