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A news paper attraction in the west, scrubland plant in Thailand

May 17, 2011

At times botanical gardens in the west advertise about the stinking blossom of the extraordinary Amorphophallus (Araceae), and the visiting frequencies to the tropical greenhouses increase dramatically and there will be news paper articles and lectures. Here in Thailand we are lucky, because such plants grow wild here, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius even in scrublands.

You can eat the tuber, but if you do not know how to cook it, you may be poisoned. Some of our original readers may remember that last year I described how Karen hilltribe people eat the carrion beetles attracted to the flower of this peculiar plant.

If you wish to see the Amorphophallus paeoniifolius flower and perhaps interview our Karen gardener, Den, then most welcome to Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Eric Danell

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