Hi folks, can you see what it is?
This is an inflorescence of Elephant Ear Taro. It consists of a spadix(succulent spike) with an immense number of tiny flowers and a spathe.
Spathe is a hood-like organ that covers the spathe, characteristic organ of Araceae which Elephant Ear Taro belongs to. Its function is as a substitute for petal, and it encloses the insects in it to increase the probability of pollination.
Elephant Ear Taro(Alocasia macrorrhiza) is a huge evergreen perennial herb from Southeastern Asia and Pacific Islands. It grows up to 3m high, its leaf lamina is about 60cm long and 45-60cm wide, its petiole is about 60cm long.
Though it usually bears flowers in summer, you can see flowers one after another almost throughout the year in the Garden that is kept warm enough.
A part of rhizome sticks out from the soil like a tree trunk.
The rhizome has white flesh. Though it looks so much like edible taro, it is usually inedible.
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