the genus amorphophallus and relatives

amorphophallus is a genus from the araceae family and contains approx. 190 species. the most common member seems to be the known as titan arum amorphophallus titanum. the inflorescence of this native to sumatra plant can reach more than 3 meters in height.

another popular member of this genus is the native to china (yunnan) amorphophallus konjac.

amorphophallus konjac corm

related plants

the genus anubias belongs to the same subfamily (aroideae) like amorphophallus. such as colocasia esculenta (taro, elephant ear). and it’s also related to the aroid palm (zamioculcas).

taro corm
taro corm

colocasia esculenta
colocasia esculenta

amorphophallus albus

amorphophallus albus is native to china.

amorphophallus albus corm

amorphophallus albus leaf

amorphophallus albus

amorphophallus bulbifer

amorphophallus bulbifer is native to india and myanmar and can easily be grown from seeds.

amorphophallus bulbifer seed


seedlings

amorphophallus konjac

amorphophallus konjac

the native to china (yunnan) amorphophallus konjac is commonly known under several names, like konjac, konnyaku, devil’s tongue or elephant yam. each year it produces only one leave which can reach more than one meter in height.

amorphophallus konjac corm

amorphophallus konjac shows the for aroids typical inflorescence: its flowers are sitting on a enclosed by a spadix spathe. to attract the for pollination necessary insects, they smell a bit like carrion. flowering time starts if the corm has reached about eight to ten centimeters in diameter.

devils tongue