Perry = Peony?

Posted on June 13th, 2007 by

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 plants of Amorphophallus paeoniifolius that they have there (a couple of orchid plants were also acquired…). The leaf of that particular species resembles, to some degree, the leaves of peonies, thus the species name.

The inflorescence, on the other hand, resembles almost no other living thing that is native to the earth.

We took some photos of the various inflorescences, which are in different degrees of development and of different sizes. None are fully open at this point, though I hope to post images of later phases.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Click on the thumbnails for larger versions.

Two webcams for Perry remain active. Stay tuned for initiation of leaf growth.

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