Archive for April, 2007
These photos are from around noon today (April 30,2007). Emily Hoefs, our greenhouse manager and expert cultivator of Amorphophallus titanum is pictured, along with Alex and the meter stick as measuring objects. Click on the thumbnail images for larger versions. Alex and I were interviewed by a reporter from KEYC-TV (Channel 12, Mankato, Minnesota) this […]
Well, we’ve been watching this plant grow for a long time now (since 1993, when it was a seed), and its maturation is providing an elegant and beautiful show. Its appearance changes over just the period from morning to afternoon, and the rate of change seems to be increasing. Beginning with the dense lichen-mimic patterns […]
Alex and I have been making a series of measuremens of the height of the inflorescence; four of our data points (April 29, 28, 26, and 24, 2007) are represented here. Stay tuned for further developments. Click on the thmbnail images for larger versions. See the Titan Arum webcam for a live look at the […]
Alex measures the plant on April 26 (first photo). Later that evening, Alex and Emily made the first sighting of the spathe (second photo, taken approximately 8:30 on April 27). See the Titan Arum webcam for a live look at the plant. The image is renewed at five-minute intervals.
Britt Forsberg (Greenhouse Manager at the time) with the corm, just before we covered it up. The corm broke dormancy in late March 2007. See the Titan Arum webcam for a live look at the plant. The image is renewed at five-minute intervals.
We had great weather for birding in the Arb this afternoon. We found: American Crow American Robin (hundreds!) Brown Creeper Canada Goose Chipping Sparrow Common Grackle Dark-eyed Junco Eastern Phoebe Field Sparrow Golden-crowned Kinglet Hermit Thrush House Finch House Sparrow Northern Cardinal Ruby-crowned Kinglet Tree Swallow Join us next Tuesday…it only gets better from here! […]
Britt Forsberg, Brian O’Brien, Alex Burum, and Emily Pelton unpot the corm. The photo descriptions are given below. 1. Note the enormous stress that the corm has put on the pot while growing. We had to cut the pot to get it off, and it burst about halfway through the cut. 2. Emily, Alex, Brian, […]
Max Leither and the latest leaf on our largest Amorphophallus titanum, July 6, 2005; Max and the senescent leaf, late March 2006. See the Titan Arum webcam for a live look at the plant. The image is renewed at five-minute intervals.
Here’s the latest large-scale measurement – the shoot has grown in height and circumference; Alex remains constant. I’ll also post a close-up. See the Titan Arum webcam for a live look at the plant.Â The image is renewed at five-minute intervals.
My student Alex Burum and I are doing a series of measurements, with Alex and a meter stick as scaling objects, at approximately two-day intervals (more accurate measurements are also being made during each session). The current photo was taken on April 10, 2007 – click on the thumbnail for a larger version. I’ll update […]