Archive for June, 2007

The Perry Mummy Gets Around

I’m hoping that the Perry Mummy will soon be dehydrated enough to take back to the greenhouse. Meanwhile it has done a bit of traveling – not quite as much as King Tut, though. A Perry appearance at a gathering of summer research students and faculty last week added a nice touch to the ambiance. […]

UNC Charlotte Titan Arum (Bella) About to Open

A Titan at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, is predicted to open on Friday or Saturday, June 29-30. “Bella” is the chosen name. Click on to see photographs up through today; a webcam is also running.

Where’s Perry?

The true answer to the question in the subject line is that Perry is lurking beneath the surface of the potting mix, preparing for another display of titanism. A more accurate question would be: “Where’s the Perry Mummy?” The answer: I detached the Perry Mummy today, since the stalk had completely senesced. Parts of it […]

Perry = Peony?

The answer to the question in the subject line is “no”. On the other hand, Alex and I had an interesting outing on Monday of this week that is obliquely related to peonies. We made a trip to Orchids Limited (an orchid plant business in the Twin Cities area) to view the inflorescences of several […]

Titan Topples… :(

Yesterday the inevitable occurred, and Perry’s mummifying inflorescence fell over. There’s still a bit of green left, but the entire upper part of the structure is beginning to dry nicely. It’s actually rather grotesque (as is any other mummy…), and will become an interesting display object. Perhaps I’ll keep it in my office along with […]

Perry’s Obscure, Tiny, Glorious Relatives

I received a box in the mail today. It contained, among other things, one corm of Amorphophallus obscurus and one corm of Amorphophallus pygmaeus. These are Lilliputian versions of Perry. Click on each name for more information. A Google search, using each of the names as a term, will yield a great deal of further […]

Pharaoh Perry

Perry is in the process of auto-mummification, and she/he looks like a Pharaoh from one side. He/she looks like an elephant in the process of mummification from the other side (work with me here on the imagination, ok? I’m doing what I can with regard to impressions, and Perry’s presence, in the Perry Room, is […]