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Old 03-16-2019, 11:27 PM
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Took a few pics of some really cool plants. One of my favorite places

I didnít know the corpse flower was the largest leaf in the world!


A cool epiphyte log

So much marcgravia!!

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Pitchers
A whole wall of maidenhair fern and gigantic koi




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Old 03-17-2019, 07:05 AM
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Greetings,

I would dispute the claim concerning the Titan Arum's leaf as it does not properly considers palm trees which can have single leaves 25m long and 3m wide.
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Old 03-17-2019, 10:05 PM
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Beautiful pictures. Where is this?
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Thanks! It’s in Ann Arbor, MI. I only did a quick walk through and took few pics....there’s so much to see there and it’s always changing. I got to see a rare bloom a few years ago of an 80 yr old American agave. They had to prop open a ceiling pane of the greenhouse..the flower stalk was over 20ft tall!
The corpse flower is supposed to bloom by 2020, hope I get to see it!!
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I’m guessing the titan arum would be the largest single leaf? Apparently Rafia regalis is technically the largest leaf, but the fronds are made of leaflets. Either way, it was really impressive to see. Can’t wait for the bloom 🙂
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Greetings,

The Titan Arum also has leaflets - the axis is a compound leaf. I think the record-holding stat is simply in error. With proper qualification it could be made correct since it does have the largest leaf of any herbaceous plant.

The Titan Arum has the largest unbranched inflorescence too. It has plenty of superlatives - just not the largest leaf simpliciter.
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It's funny the things you learn by the apathy of being "acceptably" correct. I saw that Dischidia sign and thought, "they're in Asclepdiaceae aren't they?" I'm not even old enough to have learned that before it was changed. That place looks really cool.
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