ID Help

Richard Fraser thimble at SALTSPRING.COM
Wed Jun 2 17:36:34 CEST 1999

This was my first thought but some off the leaves have 29 leaflets far above
the max of 16? or is this max # wrong.

-----Original Message-----
From: George R Stilwell, Jr. <grsjr at JUNO.COM>
Date: June 2, 1999 6:04 AM
Subject: Re: ID Help

>Richard,  Try A. consanguineum. Here is the description from document
>"A. consanguineum (L.) Schott
>This species has tall snakeskin-mottled stems of 24 in., but which may
>reach as high as 40 in. The "parasol" is a classic radiatisect leaf but
>one with narrow, numerous, ruffled leaflets (typically 14 and never less
>than 11, and 16 max.). This is consistently more leaflets than
>A.erubescens with which this is sometimes equated.
>The leaflets often terminate in thread-like tips up to 3 inches long.
>The leaves are borne just above a large, elongated spathe which has a
>white ring at the base, with a diverging spathe tube of green, infused to
>some extent with light to dark-brown. The spathe extension (limb) is
>broad and upturned, and is green or brown, the whole striped with brown.
>In other variations, the purplish striped spathe arises from the leaf
>petiole just under the foliage, with a short spadix and a pendulous
>spathe with a long, acuminate tip. There is a form in the garden of John
>Gwynne which has a long, narrow red-purple spathe, surrounding a short,
>rounded spadix.
>In still other variations, the spadix is white at the base turning to
>green then usually to brown. It is thick and shaped like and indian club.
>Seed heads are strongly conical and elongated and are held
>downwards-facing on a short stalk, they are not hanging, but are held
>stiffly upside down. A. consanguineum is readily grown outside in the
>garden and even a small clump is quite spectacular.  It is a diploid, 2n
>= 28.
>It's distribution in the wild is from the E. Himalays to the Western
>Hills above Kunming in Yunnan Province. The latter population has many
>divided leaflets with long drip-tips atop stems to 3', and in woodland
>sites, mature plants can rise to nearly 6' in height.
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