Perry’s Spadix Collapses

Posted on November 6th, 2013 by

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Perry’s Spadix Collapses

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Perry’s Spadix Collapses

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Perry’s Spadix Collapses

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Perry’s Spadix Collapses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perry the Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) has been collapsing in various ways since her/his brief but glorious apotheosis last week on the afternoon and evening of Halloween. Early this afternoon, Perry’s wilting spadix gave way and collapsed, leading to the now familiar elephantine appearance of Perry during this phase. Further collapse will occur, with one of two outcomes. The first outcome is complete collapse and detachment of the dead inflorescence from the corm. The second, more interesting outcome is that Perry will spontaneously form seeds without pollination (apomixis), which is what happened during the July 2010 flowering. Stay tuned…

 

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